You Won’t Believe What Colombians Are Doing To Jeeps During This Weird Festival.
Columbia is a fascinating country with countless cultural traditions and yearly celebrations, but one of the most fascinating is the country's commemoration of the Willy's Jeep, an American military vehicle.
The Jeeps were popular for military use during World War II, and the small Columbian town of Quindio celebrates them still. However, the Jeeps are no longer spartan and functional. Instead, the Quindio residents completely deck them out. Check out the awesome photos below.
The Jeeps were first imported to the country in the 1940's.
During the festival, they adorn and pack the vehicles with as much as they can, nicknaming them "Yipaos," which translates to "loaded Jeep."
The Jeeps are so popular, they have become a symbol of this particular region, also known as the Coffee Triangle.
So why is a Jeep from the forties still popular in the region today?
When they're not decorated and packed to the gills for the parade, the Jeeps are used to navigate the unpaved roads of Columbia's coffee mountains.
They're sturdy enough to manage the rough terrain, and can fit large groups of people, coffee beans, and supplies.
These types of Jeeps are also known as "mulitas mécanicas," or "mechanical mules," because they allow farmers to reach areas where only animals went before.
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