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How to ensure good luck and prosperity in 2015--Ecuador style!

Some of the most fun about preparing for the New Year, is all the hoop-la that goes with drumming out the Old Year, and Welcoming in the New One...

Here in Ecuador we see some of the following sights for the several final days in December...These shots were all taken yesterday, and today--Jan 1--they are all gone!!!

El Presidente...

Could this be Scarlett and Rhett?

It is a little disconcerting to see these 8 and 10 foot monsters, but we never see them in front of any houses near us.  For one thing, they cost lots of money compared to the little ones, and they take a big truck to transfer them...

You see tons of action heroes and villains, and lots of "Disney" knock offs...




 

 

At the stroke of midnight...all of these wonderful creations are thrown into a huge fire--and with them all of a person's negative thoughts, vibes, and actions from the previous year! That done, they now begin the new year fresh--what a good idea!

To further cement the good luck, many athletic fools jump over the fire three times...not a good idea if you are on the beach in soft sand...

Rox bought a large bag of seedless, California green grapes to Agripina's family, as another tradition involves eating 12 grapes, and making a wish, just before the stroke of midnight.She says that they say "Buena Suerte" (good luck or fortune) enero, febrero, marzo, abril, with each grape, etc.  as you go through the new year's months...

They also wear new underwear for good luck in life and love...

More fun times come as we watch young boys and men dress up in drag, to become the "widows" of the old (man) year...and they are requesting funds for their support and your good fortune...usually at speed bumps in the smaller towns...


The red devils have a habit of whistling at you as you are stopped at a light, until you break down and give them a little change--to keep the evil spirits away...

And...of course, nobody is allowed to forget the fireworks, as they are lighting up the sky all around!



Last night the fireworks began to go off with machine gun rapidity...not a favorite time for Coquita...so I spent the next 45 minutes  holding her to keep her from shaking, but near the end of the display, there were the inevitable sonic boom type of rockets...and she decided that Rox was the only person to save her from those...she was happy when they were done...

Agripina's daughter was shelling black eyed peas the other day...so these will be served up at midnight feast with collard greens.  Usually this is all served with pork--because pigs are famous for "rooting ahead"...OK...

Here are a couple more shots of the Manijotes...

Since these manniquins are great photo ops...these young folks positioned themselves to be able to wave as the passing cars all took their photos...

 

Another nice tradition is the midnight visit of a close friend...to ensure happiness and good fortune for the following year...

Agripina and Isidro dropped in at about 30 minutes after midnight to wish us well for the new year...

We were in our  bathrobes, and they were in their dancing clothes...their plan--to have a huge family party at their home that would last until 5 am...

We hope all of our friends, relatives and guests all have a great 2015...

Bob & Roxanne & Coquita...

Posted on Thu, January 1, 2015 at 08:38AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

Happy new year Bob and Rox. Thanks for another wonderful story.

January 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Kouwenhoven

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