In Ecuador, the New Year, I can say has a lot more tradition and festivities wrapped up in it. It isn’t solely reserved for the night, it is being celebrated right now. Many fire works have been going off, people are dressed up with masks, and they are coming together for parties. As far as New Years Eve goes, there are thousands, probably millions, of “monigotes” being sold all over streets. They are elaborately decorated and stuffed dummies, ranging from various sizes, which will then be burned all over the city tomorrow. Also, men dress up as women and go around begging for money, it is another tradition. According to our friend Jen, it looks like the entire city is on fire when everyone lights their dummies up. We have yet to acquire a monigote, but we will tomorrow. They range from super heroes, to political figures, to cartoons, etc. You can even assemble your own dummy, you can buy a dummy body and masks for them separately, all handmade, seemingly at least. And haha, I have to share this particular dummy lying across the street in our neighborhood.
Naomi says she wants to buy the one with “weiner” so she can burn it lol. I told her to stop being so sadistic.
Also saw these guys in the park assembling el diablo for a good burning tomorrow.
These are very small examples of all the dummies made, and is just across the street from our apartment.
Tomorrow I will make sure to take many photos of downtown. Hopefully we will be meeting up with my cousin who flew in with her husband!
(This is a link explaining the New Year in Ecuador)