Los Viejos–The Old Men Tlacotalpan, Veracruz


Today I wanted to share with you some pictures taken in December, 2006, and 2007

These figures are called “Los Viejos” or, in English, The Old Men. They represent the end of the old year. They appear in yards, and in front of houses in the afternoon of December 31 every year. Constructed from old cloths, stuffed with straw, confetti, and FIRE CRACKERS.

At midnight, on the last day of the year, they are put in the center of the street and set afire. Symbolizing the end of the old and the start of the new year. After which, the families sit down to a big meal–with relatives, and neighbors.1

The popping firecrackers set off the confetti, which goes flying through the air and rolling, burning, down the streets. Everyone is laughing, having a drink, and the kids chase the fireworks.

A lot of gunpowder and smoke, so you try to stay up-wind if at all possible !

After this great display and family dinner, at 1AM, everyone goes to the Zocalo (town center ) and watches a fireworks display, just like the 4TH of July in the states. All in all, a wonderful get together for friends and family, In Tlacotalpan, Veracruz Mexico. Enjoy……………………..



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