Guayaquil: End of the year in 6 de Marzo St.

Guayaquil has been characterized by being a city that is welcoming for itspeople and  for its hot climate. Atradition in Ecuador is the elaboration of años viejos or monigotes that havebeen elaborated according to the historians since the time of the colony.

Guayaquil has been characterized by being a city that is welcoming for its people and  for its hot climate. A tradition in Ecuador is the elaboration of años viejos or monigotes that have been elaborated according to the historians since the time of the colony.


These puppets were made with old clothes and a face mask made of paper and glue, it  characterized an old man and meant the end of the year. This monigote was elaborated by the families and is burned at midnight on December 31st. The meaning of this burning of the monigote is to burn everything bad that has happened to us throughout the year and that the new year will be better than the one that ends.
There is the custom for a man to disguise himself as a widow and to go about the streets asking for charity for the año viejo that it’s leaving. Children with their jars asking for money for the old year and the typical phrase “a charity for the old year”.


With the passage of time these monigotes have been changing and have begun to develop wooden sticks and mache paper, giving the shape to the character that is fashionable as a politician, football player, movie characters or some comic strip fashionable by children.


Guayaquil has been characterized by the elaboration of these monigotes that are produced on March 6th street and are sold to the public in general, in this street we find craftsmen who make masks of the favorite characters or make the monigotes. We can find monigotes from $ 15 to the most elaborated at $ 300. You can always bargain and find a better price.


In the last years in the Suburb of Guayaquil have been elaborated giant monigotes that have managed to make in this time a tour of the Giants of Guayaquil. You can visit them and to take a picture for $ 1. These monigotes are made of paper, wood and are covered with resin to make them waterproof in case some rain falls and do not destroy, these giants are burned at a later date with all the assurances of the case as the Firefighters present for any problems that may arise, in addition they are burnt for parts because their large size.


These puppets are made with a month or two months in advance and at a cost of about $ 300 to make one.
If you are going to spend the end of the year in Guayaquil, 6 de Marzo street, you must visit it, you will be amazed by the monigotes that are made by these skilled craftsmen. You shouldn’t forget to visit the suburb of Guayaquil and admire this giants monigotes.


These puppets were made with old clothes and a face mask made of paper and glue, it  characterized an old man and meant the end of the year. This monigote was elaborated by the families and is burned at midnight on December 31st. The meaning of this burning of the monigote is to burn everything bad that has happened to us throughout the year and that the new year will be better than the one that ends.
There is the custom for a man to disguise himself as a widow and to go about the streets asking for charity for the año viejo that it’s leaving. Children with their jars asking for money for the old year and the typical phrase “a charity for the old year”.


With the passage of time these monigotes have been changing and have begun to develop wooden sticks and mache paper, giving the shape to the character that is fashionable as a politician, football player, movie characters or some comic strip fashionable by children.


Guayaquil has been characterized by the elaboration of these monigotes that are produced on March 6th street and are sold to the public in general, in this street we find craftsmen who make masks of the favorite characters or make the monigotes. We can find monigotes from $ 15 to the most elaborated at $ 300. You can always bargain and find a better price.


In the last years in the Suburb of Guayaquil have been elaborated giant monigotes that have managed to make in this time a tour of the Giants of Guayaquil. You can visit them and to take a picture for $ 1. These monigotes are made of paper, wood and are covered with resin to make them waterproof in case some rain falls and do not destroy, these giants are burned at a later date with all the assurances of the case as the Firefighters present for any problems that may arise, in addition they are burnt for parts because their large size.


These puppets are made with a month or two months in advance and at a cost of about $ 300 to make one.
If you are going to spend the end of the year in Guayaquil, 6 de Marzo street, you must visit it, you will be amazed by the monigotes that are made by these skilled craftsmen. You shouldn’t forget to visit the suburb of Guayaquil and admire this giants monigotes.

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