Foot Stomping, Cardboard Hats and Catch Superman if You Can ~

Traveling can be so serendipitous!

When you least expect it, you just show up at the right time and you weren’t even invited.

But glad you’re there.

The plan was to drive the short distance from Otavalo (Ecuador) to Cotacachi and shop for hand made leather goods for which the town is known.

However, our attention was drawn to a large gathering of children and their families in the town’s plaza. A festival was about to begin and that meant just one thing…FUN!

We learn they are celebrating the summer solstice through song and dance, a time honored tradition among the Quichua.

Forming a large circle in the town square, the children gathered and took their places. Laughing and giggling, little girls held hands while boys jockeyed for position. Adults mingled and joined in with guitars.

Some of the boys wore llama or leather chaps, which, in many cases didn’t fit because they were probably handed down from brother to brother, cousin to cousin. A few carried whips. Superman and his buddies obviously weren’t going to be left out of this huge celebration just because they didn’t don their traditional clothing. Their energy was contagious.

Young boys beat on crude drums while others blew wooden flutes. Stomping feet was the next best thing to creating noise.

Girls were dressed in  traditional black wool skirts, embroidered blouses and wool shawls. They looked like miniature replicas of their mothers including wearing strands of golden jewelry around their neck.  Several girls held live chickens above their heads which was said to bring good luck and prosperity to their families.

The children’s laughter, the boy’s shrill whistling, especially from Superman, and the foot stomping tempted me to join in. Instead, I watched, completely mesmerized. Proudly they danced in front of their parents and us touristas who were privileged to witness this event, except for one old timer who apparently slept through it.

Aromas from  sidewalk food vendors permeated the air and yet I could not take my eyes off these kids.

And the shops filled with leather goods would have to wait.


Foot Stomping and Cardboard Hats in Ecuador

Foot Stomping and Cardboard Hats in Ecuador

Celebrating the Summer Solstice in Ecuador

Celebrating the Summer Solstice in Ecuador with Your Chicken

For more great travel photos check out Ron Mayhew Photography

About travelerlynne

Traveler. Writer. Retired Educator.Traveling on and off the beaten path with my photographer husband. Volunteering locally as well as in Haiti and Tanzania, an enriching and humbling experience. A sun lover! Shelling, boating, fishing and watching sunsets. Growing mango, banana, key lime,and pineapple.Making smoothies and chutneys. Enjoying family and friends! Savoring each new day!
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17 Responses to Foot Stomping, Cardboard Hats and Catch Superman if You Can ~

  1. Gigi Galore says:

    Lynne this another wonderful post! The words, the pictures! The essence of it. What a joy!

  2. These kids were so wrapped up in what they were doing. I loved it!. Thanks for your appreciation of the moment. (Hope your Dad is better. He is in our prayers)

    • Gigi Galore says:

      Thankyou Lynne! Thankyou so much for your prayers. The thought that you would do so goes straight to my heart ! I have been looking at Ron’s photos all this week! Amazing! I am going to order a picture of the lion for my Leo Dad. for his birthday in August. 🙂

      • Thanks for visiting Ron’s website,,,He always amazes me with what he does with a camera and do hope your dad likes the lion. Also, I believe he is out of the hospital of which you are relieved, I’m sure. Blessings!

  3. Paula says:

    You two make a great team! The description and photos capture it all…

  4. Kings On the Road says:

    You are so right Lynne. Serendipity is a great part of travel – no matter where you go!

  5. What fun. Don’t you just love catching a moment like that? You couldn’t have planned it better.

  6. And I anticipate more to come, hopefully.

  7. Lynn Sarda says:

    I stumbled into a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Portland, Orgeon one year. Another instance of serendipity! And a manifestation in Rome!

  8. Yeah for Ecuador! I spent 5 weeks there last fall, and loved it. Lucky you catching this celebration.

  9. Jeanette says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience of this wonderful event. What a treat! I may never see it live; but, I feel as if I’ve been there thanks to your vivid description and vivid photos:)

  10. Thanks, Jeanette. I feel the same. Blogging helps us travel vicariously through reading others accounts.

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