A worshipper makes a floral offering on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
A worshipper prepares to make a floral offering for "Iemanja," the Goddess of the sea, along the shores of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, December 31, 2004. Some 20,000 police will provide security for Rio dwellers and tourists during the celebrations, as more than two million people were expected to attend a fireworks extravaganza and all-night shows. Murder rates in Rio are among the highest in the world. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos BD