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. Youâ€™ll notice my careful word choice here: â€œrecreational munitionsâ€ rather than â€œfireworks.â€ â€œFireworksâ€ as a term carries with it more celebratory, even innocent connotations, but you canâ€™t define Chinese celebratory fireworks by the intent behind them. Certainly theyâ€™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!