Updated: Jan 3, 2020
We were privileged to be invited to come along with Susan & Victor to David & Lisa’s 11th floor apartment to watch the fireworks. It seems that Cuenca doesn't have an "official" fireworks program. Rather, citizens - lots of citizens - set off fireworks. The good kind, like you'd see in a pro fireworks show in the US. Here's 49 seconds of celebration launched from the street in front of the apartment building we were in.
Another New Year's tradition Ecuador is the burning of effigies. Atlas Obscura explains:
"In Ecuador at the stroke of midnight, people around the country bring effigies of politicians, pop culture figures, and other icons of the year to torch in the streets. This tradition of burning the “año viejo” (“old year”) is symbolic of cleansing the bad from the previous 12 months before the new year commences. If you’re going for extra credit, you can even jump the flames 12 times for each month, although you risk joining the effigy yourself in the fire."
[Learn more at https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/new-years-effigies-ecuador ]
Wishing you all feliz y próspero año nuevo.