Fires in the Streets of Ecuador at New Years
Fires everywhere, beginning the 30th of December on the sidewalks, boulevards, curbs of roads and on private residences.
Custom throughout Ecuador is to personify the outgoing year in dolls of all sizes purchased from street vendors and get rid of the old year by setting the doll, the old year, ablaze.
Ecuador office workers burn Old Year in effigy
My street, a popular North end Quito strip of hotels, apartment buildings and offices had fires of old year burning about every 50 meters along the boulevard as work mates took opportunity to celebrate together before heading home for the end year holiday.
My friend, 2010, says farewell to passers-by
I couldn't resist joining in and bought a large doll, representing 2010. We sat on the front steps of my apartment building as he waved farewell to passers by.
Farewell Old Year 2010
That New Year s night, much reminiscing, jocularity and refreshment preceded the count down to the mid-night hour when, amid kisses and hugs, we carried our old friend, 2010, into the street, set him alight and jumped over his burning body to pass into 2011. Along streets in residential neighborhoods throughout Ecuador, 2010 disappeared in flame and celebration.
Jumping over 2010 into the New Year
Jumping over 2010 into the New Year, smiling.
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