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New Year's Eve is celebrated rather moderately across the country. A special feature, however, is the burning of dolls that represent politicians or celebrities from television or sports, for example. Apart from the fireworks, the "Castillos", simulated castles made of combustible material, are burned down here. The Castillos can also be found at other folk festivals.

Guaranda Carnival
Guaranda is the capital of the province of Bolívar west of Riobamba and this is where perhaps the liveliest and most traditional carnival in the country takes place. Anyone who comes here has to be prepared to get wet, because there is a lot of play with water here. The parade with the indigenous people takes place on Saturdays, during which you can experience the colorful clothing and the traditional rhythms. The next day the procession of the carnival troops is on the program.

Fiesta de las frutas y de las flores
The Ambato Flower Festival usually coincides with Carnival. The highlight is the "Corso de las Flores y la Alegría" parade with carnival troops, musicians and carnival floats. There are also shows by orchestras and artists, an exhibition of agricultural products, dances, sports competitions and a folklore festival.

Dia de Difuntos
The Dia de Difuntos is celebrated across the country on November 2nd. On this day the families go to the cemeteries and bring food and drinks to the deceased. A special culinary specialty of this holiday is the "Colada Morada", a thick drink made from black cornmeal, blackberries and spices, into which the "Guaguas de pan", decorated bread figures, are dipped.

Fiesta de la Mama Negra
This festival is celebrated in Latacunga, Cotopaxi Province, in mid-November. Mama Negra is represented by a person from the city who disguises herself as a woman and wears black make-up and carries a black doll with her. The festival goes back to the Arab tradition of the Moorish king and celebrates the fertility of the earth.

Fiestas de Quito
The city foundation festival of Quito takes place from the end of November to the beginning of December. One of the highlights is the bullfights on December 6th, in which famous Spanish matadors take part. In addition, there are numerous dance performances, concerts and parades with the traditional “chivas”, open trucks with benches for the passengers and music. "Canelazo" is drunk, a hot drink made from the juice of Naranjilla with aguardiente schnapps and cinnamon.