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New Year’s 2011, a set on Flickr.

It´s that time of year again in Ecuador, when the effigies of all the year´s characters, real or not, are created out of papier mache to be sold to the public and burned at midnight tonight. As you can see from the photos, there is not a lot of copyright protection going on. This (the lack of copyright protection) and the making of the effigies is a long-standing tradition in Ecuador, a symbolic way of putting the last year’s events behind and ringing in the New Year. I still haven’t found out the history behind how the male tradition of dressing up as a female widow and asking for money on the streets came about, but you’ll see many men all over Quito on street corners in transvestite gear saying “adios” to the death of the past year, often as a mourning widow, and begging for change!

  • Ryan

    Destination Ecuador,

    I am from the Los Angeles area and am currently living and teaching English in Ambato.

    I consider myself somewhat of a chocolate connoisseur and was hoping to learn more of the chocolate making process. Please let me know if I would be able to stop by to view the process and possibly volunteer.

    Please feel free to contact me at the email I´ve provided in the ´´Post as´´ section or at my phone number below. Thanks for your time and happy new year!

    Ryan
    095661085

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