In Ecuador, it is tradition to celebrate the New Year by burning an “Año Viejo” to get rid of all the bad from last year and move into the new year with positivity. An año viejo can take many forms – often times it is a representation of something (good or bad) that was important in the last year. In Guasmo, our students made Spongebob Squarepants.
In Flor, they made a star to represent Starfish.
In addition, we had an año viejo representation Kung Fu Panda and Sully from Monsters, Inc. made by some of the families…
…and Cristhian “Chucho” Benitez made by the “professionals” in the center of the city. Chucho, a professional soccer player for the Ecuadorian national team passed away this past summer unexpectedly. He was a fan favorite and missed by all. Here are students pay tribute to him with these awesome pictures!