Happy Chinese New Year! There are several traditions to which the Chinese people adhere to on New Years that are supposed to bring good fortune. Some of them I don’t mind, such as buying new clothes, receiving money in red envelopes,wearing red underwear, and not sweeping the floor or lending money.
However, I am not too sure about not washing my hair or showering! I guess that is supposed to wash away all your good luck! I may take my chances. I’m also not too sure I am in favor of amateur Chinese fireworks on New Year’s Eve!
WOW, I have never seen anything quite like fireworks in China on New Year’s Eve. Chinese families spend lots and lots of money on firecrackers, as they represent bringing in the new year with good fortune. But being from a state where personal fireworks are banned in the city, this was quite an experience. Dads and their sons mostly, go outside with bags and boxes of fireworks to set off and enjoy. Firecrackers (blackcats) were lined up 50 to 100 feet in length and set on fire! POP, POP, POP, POP, POP, POP. I think the dad’s enjoy it more than the kids, as many of the kids just stood with their hands over their ears while the dads ran jumping and hollering from the firecrackers they just lit, or ran from somebody’s fireworks lit just beside them!
Just when I thought there could not possibly be any more firecrackers in the city, several new families would appear with their boxes of firecrackers! Now not only would they appear with their boxes, they would just randomly start lighting them no matter where they were standing and with no regard as to who was standing nearby! Bottle rockets were hand held and just barely shot over the top of somebody’s head who was standing just feet in front of them.
When they thought the rocket was empty, they tossed it on the ground, only to have one more ball of fire shoot back at some innocent bystander! Firework debris randomly fell on our heads and I feel as though I may be permanently deafened in both ears. I guess the fireworks did bring good fortune, after all I feel quite lucky to have survived Chinese New Year’s Eve! So I guess the red underwear, and lighting of fireworks did bring good luck to me. So, Happy Year of the Dragon to you and may your new year be as fortunate and rewarding as mine! Next year though, I believe I will be on a quiet, warm beach somewhere far from China’s fireworks!!