Veronica Duran Global Impact Opportunity 2 interesting facts about Ecuadorian culture New Year? s Eve The New Year? s Eve celebration is one of the most important traditions in Ecuador. Depending on the region is celebrated differently but it does hold one thing in common almost everywhere you go: the burning of the “Viejo”. The “viejo” is a doll made out of old clothes filled with sawdust (the traditional ones) or nowadays, the ones made out of newspaper and glue (like pinhatas) are becoming more and mre popular because this allows the doll to have any shape desired.
The “viejos” can be inspired by any character you may think of, the previous days you can see all different kinds of dolls or just the heads (caretas) being sold on the street as well as “homemade” explosives used to do the burning. You can find cartoon characters, politicians, famous movie characters, etc. The “Viejo” represents the bad things that happened throughout the past year that you wish to burn in order for the next year to be better. That? s why it? s not uncommon to see people kicking and hiting the doll before burning it.
The burning should start exactly at 12am. But at 1 am, along with burning the “viejo” there are a lot of other curious traditions and ”cabalas” Ecuadorians practice to celebrate New Year? s Eve. For example, a very popular one is to eat 12 grapes as it turns 1 o? clock. This is said to hrlp make your wishes and hopes come true. Another one, is to put money (dollar bills) inside your shoe on that day, this ensures that money won? t be an issue the upcoming year. With underwear there are several thing ecuadorians do to attract different things to their lifes.
For example wear yellow underwear to attract happiness and prosperity, red is for love and if you wear it inside out to make sure you never lack clothing the year to come. If what you want is to travel, taking a suitcase or any kind of luggage (the bigger the better is said) and take a walk or run around the block at midnight is your solution. These are some of the most popular New Year? s Eve Ecuadorian traditions, there are probably many more depending on the city or even on each household where this tradition is celebrated. . Time and the Streets
Ecuadorians are very famous for NOT being on time. In fact, the term “Ecuadorian time” (hora ecuatoriana) has become popular across the country and even tourists that visit our country. Time is more of a “suggestion” for Ecuadorians, and it has even become rare to agree on a specific time when for example 2 friends are going to meet. It? s very common that they use the term “tipo” which means “somewhere around…”. So you can say “tipo cuatro” and that means that around that time they? ll meet, but most certainly they will not meet at 4 o? clock.
It is no wonder that people on the streets are always in a hurry, people drive extremely fast and traffic is an issue especially in the large cities such a Guayaquil and Quito. It? s usual to see drivers tailgating and passing the cars in front of them, with nothing more than a honk to warn them. For Ecuadorians, the yellow of the traffic lights means ‘Accelerate so that the red light doesn? t catch you! ’ rather than ‘Slow down, the red light is coming
What it means to become an Employer of Choice
What it means to become an Employer of Choice.
Summary: Reading: “What it means to become an Employer of Choice,” (2016) Employer of Choice International, Inc.; Retrieved from http://www.employerofchoice.com/recognition. Assignment: Participants will write a 5-7 page paper (APA format) in which they develop a concept of what it means to be an Employer of Choice. The paper will include advocacy for three actions or programs that a given organization could take toward becoming an Employer of Choice and support for the argument of why becoming an Employer of Choice is important for the organization. These papers are designed to develop the participant’s critical thinking through analysis and evaluation and to develop advocacy communication skills, as well as an opportunity to synthesize views on organizational development from a systems perspective
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