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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!