El Año Viejo
Okay, so I LOVE this next tradition. After Christmas, most Colombian families make an Año Viejo. The Año Viejo is a life size doll made of old clothes and stuffed with straw and newspaper. Just before midnight, people set fire to the Año Viejo. It is burning the old and bad of the past year in preparation for the new.
In our family, we make an Año Viejo and since it would be illegal to burn it here, we just ceremoniously throw it away. Here is our Año Viejo from this year.
Here are some pictures I found on Flickr. Enjoy! And consider making your own Año Viejo this year.