New Year's Eve is celebrated with fireworks the world over. But how many people can say that they celebrate the coming of the new year by burning HUGE paper mache dolls? Every family has at least one of these dolls. Most have two or three. Some families make their own, others buy them. The big ones (like the Hulk) can sell for up to $400.
In a country where the average person may not make that in a month, it may seem a bit extravagant, but the Ecuadorians LOVE their parties. And they LOVE their "old year dolls". The fill them with firecrackers and at the stroke of midnight the set fire to them in the street. The city is filled with smoke, and fire, and noise.
Bye bye Kung Fu Panda. Thanks for a good year.