Mayra Rosero, Ecuador, ESOL Writing II
My favorite holiday in my country is New Year’s Eve. It is the last day of the year, and we wait for the New Year to come. This day is exciting because family members get together to celebrate this holiday wearing new clothes, new shoes, and eating a special holiday dinner. We have a tradition of making a big doll of paperboard with a mask of a character from a popular movie on it.
Inside the doll, we put many fireworks and letters with good wishes. At midnight, we burn the doll to say good-by to the old year. Also, we eat twelve green or purple grapes with a glass of champagne, and we eat popular dishes such as turkey, ham, white rice, and special salads. We eat a lot! In my country Ecuador, the celebration of New Year’s Eve is wonderful.