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Published: February 8th 2007
Stage of Effigies
Like a parade - crowds of thousands of people walk up and down Amazonas Avenue listening to music, looking at the stages of effigies, and eating street food. It was a great night full of energy.
We spent the new year with friends from SAE. In Ecuador, the celebration is to recognize the past year - accomplishments and happiness, as well as failures and upsets. Effigies of disliked people are made with notes listing the failures of the past year and burned at midnight. One of the best parts is walking around town the week prior to the 31st and seeing the effigies in front of all the stores and attached to the front of cars. Most effigies have masks of "bad" people including: Sadam Hussein, President Bush, Osama Binladen, and more.
There is a giant show on Avenue Amazonas near our house. We made effigies at SAE, walked up and down Amazonas, burned our effigies at midnight, and went dancing afterward (until 4 AM!).
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