So, how does it feel to celebrate a New Year in a different country?
Well, this year, I celebrated 2013 in Northern Peru. For Peruvians, no matter what, the New Year must always be celebrated with one’s boyfriend or girlfriend. Families may get together but once the clock strikes 12, there is no other place one wants to be other than between the arms of one’s other half.
There was one thing that people do for New Years that caught my attention. The first essential thing needed is a head made of papier maché with a painted face. These are either made at home, or can be bought off the street as women with carts full stroll around selling them a few days before December 31st. Then, a body is made with normal clothes found at home, creating a type of human sized “piñata”. However, rather than using candy as a stuffing, they put firecrackers. The doll is hung, and once the body is destroyed, and when midnight hits, they are all started and fireworks explode in the sky. Let me also mention here that the best one we saw driving around was dressed as a police officer (Because yes, the police is apparently hated no matter where you are in the world). Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a photo.
There are some similarities between Lima and Montreal for example, such as the big expensive cosmopolitan parties; those with the overly expensive entrance fees, girls in amazing dresses and heels, and guys also getting dressed up for the occasion. In Northern Peru, we went to a hotel inauguration and then to a new year party after twelve, which was not so extravagant in appearance, but extravagantly amazing and a night to remember.
Zorritos is a small village in the Northeastern part of Peru, also known as Tumbes province. The population is of about 6000 people. The New Year party was organized at someone’s house. I was shocked as I entered the home, went through the entrance way and living room and found their backyard filled with over 2000 people, an enormous stage with live music and a DJ, as well as several bars selling beverages. Everyone was there dancing, drinking and celebrating the arrival of 2013. Although everyone from the town knows each other, it seemed like I was there as another one of them and it felt like it was just a big group of family and friends getting together to celebrate.
And so, if you a really are ever in Peru for the New Year or even in any other part of the world for that matter, the celebration of the New Year is what you decide to make of it and who you are with, because really, not much else matters.
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