From Nankai Rob’s Chinese New Year 2012 post “Spring Festival Time. . .Lock and Load“:
“…parties are held on a scale so massive that Caligula would have nodded in approval, and enough recreational munitions are set off to make the Battle of Waterloo feel like a suburban bar mitzvah. You’ll notice my careful word choice here: “recreational munitions” rather than “fireworks.” “Fireworks” as a term carries with it more celebratory, even innocent connotations, but you can’t define Chinese celebratory fireworks by the intent behind them. Certainly they’re set off with great excitement and joy, but you can, after all, also lob a grenade into a dumpster with great excitement and joy, and most of what is being set off these days qualifies for inclusion in the dumpster-grenade category. So: recreational munitions.”
For more about the genuinely stunning Chinese New Year fireworks phenomenon with photos and video, see:
- Happy Rabbits! Chinese New Year 2011 fireworks from Tianjin, China!
- Photo Gallery: Tianjin 2009-2010 Fall & Winter
- A little taste of Chinese New Year in our neighbourhood
Happy Chinese New Year!