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New Year’s Eve

December 31

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of December, repeating indefinitely

Shopping for an New Year's Eve Effigy, Manta Ecuador | ©Angela Drake / Not Your Average American

New Year’s Eve, All Ecuador

Throughout Ecuador, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with a passion unlike any other holiday. During the day, viudas (widows), actually men dressed as women, take to the streets to ask for donations. Families purchase their monigote (effigy) or make their own from old clothes stuffed with flammable items. Starting in the afternoon at many places of work, people begin to burn the monigotes as way to get rid of all that was bad in the last year. Families tend to burn monigotes just before midnight, jumping over the dying flames through the smoke as a way to purify oneself for the New Year. In some cities, especially Guayaquil, the monigotes are often HUGE. Many cities, like Salinas, have professional fireworks while in others, fireworks are a more casual affair and set off in the middle of the streets.

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