Salinas New Years

As I understand it we should be in for quite a show tonight while we celebrate New Years Eve here in Salinas.

In Salinas the New Year eve tradition starts with “Ano Viejo” meaning old year. This tradition requires the releasing of all the past years good and evil spirits by destroying and then burning “Munecos” which can be a home made effigy or one of the thousands of paper mache figures offered for sale on the streets (check photo’s). The “Munecos” which can be anywhere from one to twelve feet tall are proudly paraded around (often tied to vehicles) and then at 11:30 pm all the years frustrations are released by destroying your Muneco by any method you choose thus releasing your yearly frustrations and new hopes for the coming year.

The broken Muneco’s are then thrown into any one of the many fires set on the beach. In addition to the burning Muneco’s, fireworks which are available everywhere are randomly thrown into the fire to explode at will. In addition, fireworks are set off everywhere  else including the beach, roads, vehicles, apartments, etc.  No firework permit needed here, no  government control, just random fireworks and explosions  that start from twilight until people run out of fireworks, booze and/or stamina.

The Salinas New Year is purported to be an amazing if somewhat dangerous experience for those braving the beach. We will be watching the festivities from the safety of our hotel balcony and close by beach. I will update you with my thoughts on the evening tomorrow. Until then I would like to wish all my friends and family all the very best in the New Year and Felix Ano Nuevo to all and best wishes for the upcoming year.

Happy New Year!

Murray

Driving With Mucheco

Driving With Mucheco

Muneco's for Sale

Muneco’s for Sale

Our Muneco's

Our Muneco’s

Big & Small Munecos

Big & Small Munecos

Beach is Full

Beach is Full

Posted on December 31, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. OMG those Munecos must be HUGE.. The Super Heros behind Gwen must be 10-12′ tall… I’m so jealous, I can almost feel the excitement and thrill that must be building amongst the towns people in preparation for tonight… I really do wish I was there celebrating with you…Looking forward to hearing about the nights events and if it’s anything like Mardi Gras in New Orleans… Have a wonderful time tonight, Happy New Years my very friends… Love Wen xo

  2. Wishing you a Happy New Year Murray and may 2013 be a great year for you! Kelly

  3. HAPPY NEW YEAR/Feliz Año Nuevo Murray, Gwen & Pat. Have a great evening and stay safe.

  4. Sounds like a great way to celebrare New Years Eve. Set up on the balcony and watch it happen.Injoy your comments Murray and the pictures, Happy New Year Murray Gwen and Pat Love You. Mom

  5. Happy New Year Murray. Love the stories and pics

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