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Sandra Cuevas, Mexico, ESOL Writing II

My favorite holiday in my country is New Year’s Day. In my hometown, we have a wonderful celebration. On New Year’s Eve, everybody goes to church to give thanks to God for the coming year. The church is open all day until midnight. At 12:00 a.m., the New Year is received with fireworks and live music. After that, some people go home and stay there. Later at 4:00 a.m., many people, mostly men, meet at a kiosk. Then somebody brings a donkey, and they put two big containers with tequila on both sides of the donkey.

These people drink tequila from the containers as they walk behind the donkey. They walk across the town on the main street to the cemetery with a music band until 8:00 a.m. In the kiosk, an orchestra plays, and people enjoy the music with their families all day. At night, there is a carnival on the main street which lasts three days. The town is full of people. There are a lot of visitors from the United States and other cities in Mexico who come to see their families on this holiday. New Year’s Day in my country is an amazing celebration!