Culture of Ecuador
As with almost all of Latin America, Ecuadorians are ardent
football fanatics, and the country is very successful in
international tournaments of the sport.
Alongside soccer, volleyball is also common, though it is
played differently to Western volleyball. The ball is much
heavier and there are only three players per team.
Bullfighting, a legacy of Spanish
colonization, is held
annually at a large festival in Quito. Forms of entertainment
popular worldwide are found in Ecuador also, including darts
and card games for adults and marbles, hopscotch and skipping
ropes popular pastimes for children.
Fishing, especially for the enormous bagre catfish, which is
found at the bottom of rivers and can weigh up to 100kg, is
very popular. Bull sharks are often caught in rivers also.
During December in Quito, a grand celebration is held lasting
for days, called "Las fiestas de Quito"