Quito, Mar 3 (Entravision) .- allegorical parades, the traditional game with water and the celebration of the first indigenous crops come together in an amalgam of colors, textures and flavors in the carnival from Ecuador.
in virtually all parts of the country, except the major cities that have lost their usual tumult and noise, the carnival has come to its maximum fullness, in the absence of a day until the end of this festive period that began on Saturday.
AND, while it is not a balance sheet of the mishaps that occurred, it has been reported that the heavy rains in the last few hours in several regions of the country have caused landslides that have interrupted momentarily step of vehicles by some roads.
The Authorities have mobilized machinery to those sites to clear the rubble and leave the roads unobstructed for a massive return to the cities that is expected for tomorrow.
According to several media, the carnival has been intense, especially in the tourist sites of concentration in the central sierra, but, above all, in the beaches.
The game with water continues to be the largest in the carnival tradition and Ecuadorian consists of soaking up the other, in family or between friends, with rubber balloons inflated with fluid or with large containers, which ensures the wet.
In some parts also come to other elements more striking as the flour or aniline dyes, difficult to hide, But the game, almost always, ends with a good sip of “canelazo”, an infusion of cinnamon combined with liquor of cane.
Some writers say that the traditional game with water comes from the time of the colony, when the parishioners, in the time of the Shrovetide, is soaked as a symbol of cleansing or purification before the entry of Lent, which gives way to the Holy Week.
however, the use of water has mutated and now, in many cities, the parades with colorful floats parade that invite you to the dance and singing.
The Carnival of the Andean city of Guaranda is one of the more striking because it combines the game with water and the comparsas, Dressed with the love of its people that at this time open the doors of the houses to invite known and tourists.
It is also very traditional carnival in Ambato, also in the center of the Ecuadorian Andes, known as the parade “of the fruit and flowers”, where the allegorical carriages are adorned by a variety of vegetables in the area own agricultural and livestock.
In Ambato is not supported the game with water, though it is very usual to use of the foam of carnival.
In the town of Amaguana, very close to Quito, visitors enjoy the game with water, flour and aniline, in the middle of a stream of people marching to the are of The bands of people.
in Esmeraldas, on the northwest coast of the country, its beaches invite you to the dance and the wobble of their palms seduces thousands of tourists, attracted also by the african-american music festival, with groups from Colombia, Peru, Jamaica, Mexico, Argentina and the countries of Africa.
but the carnival in Ecuador is a celebration which also incorporates the cultural syncretism, because in many indigenous peoples of the Andes takes advantage of the feast to give thanks to the “Pacha Mama (mother earth, in quichua)” by the start of the crops, especially of fresh grains and potatoes.
These two elements must be integrated into the typical dishes of the Holy Week in Ecuador: the fanesca -based on grains, cheese, Milk and cod- and the molo, a mashed potatoes adorned with sliced hard-boiled eggs and fried cakes.
The Ecuadorian carnival, which conclude tomorrow, has been the internal displacement, especially to the tourist centers of the country, more than a million people, according to estimates by the Ministry of Tourism.
so, the police have been deployed to approximately 30,000 agents all over the territory, in an operation that will be supported by the Armed Forces, Fire Departments, the National Secretariat of Risk Management, the Ecuadorian Red Cross and the Ministry of Public Health.