Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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 illegalto burn it here, we just ceremoniously throw it away.

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http://raisingcolombiankids.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it is mostly burned because it is filled with fireworks as well. Do not stand close to it while burning.