Monday, February 20, 2006
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
We made it back to China in time for the last day of Chinese New Year, which is called the Lantern Festival. I couldn't believe the amount of fireworks that went off from dusk until the wee hours of the night. (I heard from someone that they were still going off at 3 a.m. in the morning. Lucky for us we are all hard sleepers!) It was amazing to me, but not a surprise of the arsenal of fireworks that was available to the general public. Back in the U.S. we have professionals that shoot off fireworks, but not in China. Anyone can buy these fireworks and they usually shoot them off in the middle of the street or in the case of these photos in the middle of our compound. It was quite an incredible display.
The next morning I couldn't believe the mess in our garden. There were hundreds of boxes with about 20 different fireworks within them littered everywhere and also red plastic pieces that looked like they were from the top of some kind of rocket.
Happy Chinese New Year!