Thousands of people gathered over the weekend for the traditional inauguration of the Guinness Book of Records’ largest floating Christmas tree in the world in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The lighting of the tree is considered the city's third largest event after Carnival and New Year's Eve. An international reference for Christmas, which, according to the mayor's office, attracts nearly 80,000 visitors per day, the tree will remain on display until Epiphany Day, January 6, when it will be lit up for the last time.
The theme of this 14th consecutive edition of the Bradesco Seguros e Previdencia's Christmas Tree is "The Joyous Uniting of Our Best Wishes." The monument, which has been a focal point of Christmas celebrations in Brazil and abroad since 1996, was decorated for the first time with traditional Christmas garlands representing the full range of everybody's year-end holiday wishes.