It goes without saying that I instantly fell in love with this smartly dressed wind-up monkey in formal attire. You imagine my pain then when I discovered the monkey's fate! At part of New Year (Capodanno) festivities, it's traditional to burn a "Vecchione", a huge puppet/statue that symbolises the year gone by.
And so it is with a little sadness that I show the mechanical monkey fulfilling its tragic 'destiny'...
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How did you celebrate your New Year?
Are there any unusual New Year traditions in your city?