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Salasca, Ecuador: On December 31, Ecuadorans celebrate Anjo Viejo—the Old Year—by making life-size figures dressed in old clothes, stuffed with sawdust, and topped with papier-maché. At midnight, the figures, many of whom represent unpopular politicians, are piled together and burned, symbolizing the end of the old year and the beginning of the new.
The next day, the first of January, the people of Salasca gather at the church for the New Year’s mass. The celebration then continues outside in the plaza with music and dancing. Everyone wears their traditional clothing, including these hats, which are worn by men and women alike. Photo © 2010 Lisa Benitez; featured in the 2010 International Calendar
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