(This post was written in 2012, and the additions written in blue are from December 31, 2016: The small mustard-colored house in the photo above is the only building that remains after the April 16th earthquake. The ‘people’ in the photos are my friends!)
Some people get all dressed up to welcome the new year!
My all-time favorite holiday in Ecuador is not New Year’s Eve itself, but the preparation for New Year’s Eve, when people make or buy the papier mache ‘Los Anos Viejos’ and display them proudly outside their home or business. Richard, one of the staff members of the Portoviejo Museum, starts making Ano Viejos in August and sells them at the end of each year. A few weeks ago I visited Richard’s home and received a sneak peek of his army of creations!
(I do not know if the Portoviejo Museum received extensive damage or not; the Bahia de Caraquez Museum will be demolished, and a new one will be built on another site.)
Let’s go see his workshop! Continue reading