A few minutes before midnight on New Years Eve, bonfires began appearing out in the streets and all down the beach. People began throwing their 2013 Monigotes on the fire (See photo above) to officially end “El Año Viejo” or “The Old Year” here in Ecuador.
I had already stuffed “Junior,” my 2013 Monigote, with everything bad that I could think of that had happened in my life during 2013. “Junior” was stuffed to the gills and I could hardly get any more slips of paper into his mouth:
I took him down to the street just off the beach. There, I was welcomed by the caretakers of my building who generously shared their Monigote fire. Their Monigote’s had already burned so they offered to help me burn mine.
I kicked “Junior” a few times really hard, as is the custom here, to really get any last bit of bad stuff out of my heart from 2013.
It was very interesting. “Junior” at first refused to light. It was as if “Junior” was hanging on and 2013 was refusing to go. I took up a stick and began beating “Junior” and he still refused to light. The Caretakers commented on this and so they took up sticks too to help. They prodded “Junior” as I beat on him. Finally “Junior” caught fire.
The smoke was huge from the fire. And still,”Junior” took quite awhile to burn down. Most Monigotes take just a few minutes to totally burn down. “Junior” was still flaming after 20 minutes. I guess there was a lot I was letting go of from 2013!!
Eventually, “Junior” and 2013 “El Año Viejo” were no more. 2013 was officially OVER for me! Whoo! Hoo!
There were fireworks for some time up and down the beach along with firecrackers and cherry bombs and lots of other things that went, “BOOM!” in the night:
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