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    ¡Prospero ano nuevo!

    Hey all, happy New Year's! For those following the Gregorian calendar on the other side of the date line, I guess. Here's a fun link about how I spent New Year's back in my childhood: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slid...r-traditions/3
    In Panama and a number of other Latin American countries they burn effigies (called muñecos - "dolls" in Panama at least) to usher out the old year and welcome the new one. I certainly didn't understand/notice it as a toddler, but I guess these days it's popular to build likenesses of influential or well-known people.
    Anybody else have any interesting New Year's traditions?
    ~Joe
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    Is there no animosity in the burning of the muñecos? Whenever I see someone being burned in effigy I always think they must be really hated.

    My old new years tradition was to do all my Nepenthes cuttings on Jan 1st and by April a number of them would be ready for shipping. This year however, all I can do is cut the old disfigured leaves off my N. amp 'Harlequin'!

    Mainly I'm gonna try to be home tonight before the wackos get too toasted and then try driving home.

    Whatever you guys all get into tonight - be safe!

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    This one is out of respect, but sometimes it's bad people as often as it's good people. It's not exactly what they did so much as that they were influential and represent the things that happened that year. The effigy is just the means of the tradition; the goal is to scare off the bad spirits of the old year to welcome the new one.
    Hmm... maybe I'll continue your tradition and cut my vines tomorrow.
    ~Joe
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    When Chinese New Years comes by in February (it's late this year, lol), the picture of the Kitchen God gets slathered in honey and burnt to a crisp! Then comes new good luck decorations and new clothes!

    (Gong xi fa chaai/Gung hay fat choy!)
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    We also follow the burning of the munecos. El ano viejo (The old year) is burned. We also eat 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds of the old year, toast champagne, and run around the block carrying a small luggage containing some personal items and money in our pocket.

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    and run around the block carrying a small luggage containing some personal items and money in our pocket.
    To practice evacuating or fleeing the motherland?

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    I'm currently living in Madrid and I ate the 12 grapes on the 12 strokes of midnight, a fun Spanish custom I think!

    Cole
    Duele no tenerte cerca, duele no escuchar tu voz. Duele respirar tu ausencia, pero, duele más decirte adiós.

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