New years in Ecuador.

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I was looking back a some of my child's letters, and was confused by something she wrote. She said "for end of year we made my uncle as a dummy and we burnt it, it was enjoyable."
at first I thought maybe her uncle had died, but "enjoyable" typically doesn't describe a funeral.. The next year she wrote, "on New Year's eve we burned a puppet with my dad's face. What do you do for Christmas and New years eve?"
This cleared things up a bit.. but I still have no idea why they burn representations of family members. She lives in Ecuador and I was wondering if anyone new what this tradition is and could explain it to me?
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Very interesting! I googled and found this blog that explains it a bit.
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Beverly Crimmins Sarchet

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How interesting that you found information on this!  That was very informative to me, too.
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Hi Caralee! I could see how that would be incredibly strange and confusing to hear in a letter! I'm so sorry for the confusion! In Ecuador, life-size dummies are made to represent the misfortunes of the past year, and the dummies are burned in the streets. In a way, you could say that it is a way of grieving the past before moving on to the new year. 

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