初五, the fifth day of Spring Festival, has all kinds of traditions. For foreigners in China it mostly means one thing: another incredible barrage of fireworks. After the Chinese New Year’s Eve Armageddon (除夕), the fireworks gradually slow down over the next four days. It’s all a plot to lull you into relaxing and create false hope involving sleep. Don’t try to watch a movie after dinner on the fifth day because you won’t be able to hear it. Chū wǔ is here!
For more about 初五 traditions, see:
- It’s Spring Festival Day 5 — time to chop, pinch, stomp and explode your enemies!
- Sharing Chinese New Year’s with the neighbours
For more about Chinese fireworks, see:
- Those aren’t Chinese New Year’s fireworks; they’re “recreational munitions”
- Happy Rabbits! Chinese New Year 2011 fireworks from Tianjin, China!
- A little taste of Chinese New Year in our neighbourhood