It’s quite unbelievable that in a couple of hours it will be 2012, to me it was like 2011 just flew by.
What you are seeing here, is one of so many strange traditions for new years eve in Colombia.
“Año Viejo” which literally translates “Old Year” is the name given to these dolls, hand-made by people who start sewing old clothes together,stuff it with straw and newspaper, painting the face on a cardboard and end up burning it at midnight to symbolize the end of the year.
The face can include famous people, specially politicians that the people have disagreed with through the year.
In small towns the dolls are left outside the houses with a bottle of beer or any other liquor, so it looks like a drunk man in the street.
I talked to the guy who made the ones that you see in the picture, and he said that they are not allowed to stuff them with gunpowder because the police often goes to check them, and if they find out that there is any explosive element inside these dolls, they could go to jail and would have to pay a very expensive fine.
Their price fluctuates between 15 and 26 american dollars, and depends on how many clothing it has and how hard was the work made on the face.
Hola a todos!
El precio oscila entre 15 y 26 dolares americanos, que equivalen a 30.000 y 50.000 pesos colombianos respectivamente, y depende de la cantidad de ropa y del trabajo que se haya hecho en la cara del muñeco.
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