While Ecuadorians celebrate many of the same customs as other Latino countries, they also light up New Year’s Eve with a fiery tradition all their own. People take to the streets to burn “año viejo,” effigies representing the disappointments and misfortunes of the past year. Some are the size of small dolls while others tower over buildings. The stuffed scarecrow-like figures are made in the shape of a person or figure that represents the past year, from political figures to pop culture icons like Homer Simpson or SpongeBob SquarePants. For extra luck, many jump over the blazing figures three times at midnight.