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End-of-year traditions in Ecuador.

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


In Ecuador this is one of the most anticipated celebration dates, so much so that the new year begins to be celebrated from the previous day (December 31), where, generally, families gather to eat, have some drinks and perform some traditions of that day. Among those are the following:





Eat the 12 grapes: One of the best-known traditions. People must eat 12 grapes during the stroke of 12 bells, that is the last 12 seconds of the year. Each grape represents a desire and when eaten it is expected that the longings will be fulfilled in the following year. Some people do it with cherries.


Yellow underwear: Many wear this garment by the end of the year as a desire to attract abundance and good fortune for the following year.


Money in the shoe: This tradition is about placing notes inside the shoe in the last hours of the year, because according to beliefs this will attract monetary abundance and economic stability.


Money in the shoe: This tradition is about placing notes inside the shoe in the last hours of the year, because according to beliefs this will attract monetary abundance and economic stability.


Walking the suitcases: This is another tradition quite popular and carried out every year by many Ecuadorian families. Here people must leave at midnight with a suitcase and go around the block or simply walk a little to the surroundings of their homes, according to tradition this will attract several travel opportunities in the following year.


Gold coins: A very practiced tradition is that of gold coins. This says that you should put 13 gold coins inside a purse that should be red and have it all year-end dinner. This is done with the hope of a good economy for the year they live.


Colored candles: Many Ecuadorians perform the ritual of candles in which they light several candles of different colors that represent different purposes for the following year. The blue candle is for those who seek peace in their lives, the yellow candle is for those who seek economic abundance, the red candle for love to reach them, the white candle for purity and the orange candle that symbolizes intelligence.


Burning of the old year: Finally, the most representative tradition of this date that never lacks in the homes of many Ecuadorian families.


This tradition begins several weeks earlier, in which some streets are filled with puppets. Traditionally these are dolls filled with sawdust and straw dressed in old clothes, however, currently they use other materials and the creators are a bit more "daring" with models and dimensions, creating more elaborate dolls and some with figures of public figures, artists, politicians and cartoons. Contests of the best puppets are held in some parts of the country.


Burning these dolls represents leaving behind that year, for this reason many people usually write on pieces of paper everything they want to leave behind that year and burn it along with the puppet.



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