The 24th of May is the day Ecuador celebrates la Batalla de Pichincha, the day when Quito was liberated from the Royalist forces (loyal to Spain), and also the day when the independence of the Ecuadorian Provinces was secured. It is why the Republic of Ecuador exists today. And so it is celebrated in all of the communities and cities, with dancing and football (futbal) and the National Anthem.
I was lucky enough to participate in the festivities Monday, with the school of San Pedro, whom I’m currently working with as an English teacher. It was absolutely hilarious and wonderful, and something I’m never going to forget. The CD our dance was ‘choreographed’ to was forgotten, and the song we ended up using was started and stopped several times, but it didn’t matter, because we all looked brilliant in our brightly colored foam dresses and hats. Pictures follow: