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Going off

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Fun, at the end

Lunar new year is signified with fireworks, and dragon dancers. Evidently the evil spirits of the old year are scared away by the loud, loud noise of the fireworks. Red, meaning and prosperity, coincidentally is the same colour as the fireworks. Often, there is strong community involvement.


Dragon dancers at the ready.


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Happy festival, ends with a bang,

It’s a yearly pilgrimage to my wife’s home town in Shenyang. In staying there, I go to parties, visiting relatives of my wife’s and of course, the letting off of fireworks. Huge ones. It’s almost like burning money at the price a single firework goes for.

Mortar boxes, used.

Even my father-in-law and I got into it, but at a smaller scale. He and I proceeded to let off firecrackers. Firstly individually, and then the whole lot. I always feel a certain amount of tension holding a firecracker before hastening to throw it away. This year the people who manage the apartment complex decided to put up glowing LED lights on one wall. It was in Chinese, and to me, looked like a mass of glow in the dark spaghetti that had been spattered up on a wall.

But by all means people come out and let off fireworks. Loads of fun. 🙂


More powerful than a curry vindaloo

IMG_0329One stray spark, or a discarded cigarette and it’ll be the biggest bang the evil spirits will have heard in a year. A happy Lunar New Year to everyone.

China New Year, welcome to Sarajevo, 1992

Arms dealer, Shenyang style

If ever you wanted to experience the sounds and smells of a battlefield, then CNY, possibly anywhere in China would do it. The apartment where Jiang’s parents live is a group of buildings clustered around in a citadel arrangement. The noise was papable, through my thick winter jacket. Car alarms blare unchecked because the concussions from the fireworks set the bump sensors off.

One pair, a father and son were letting off fireworks. The father was letting off minature moon rockets. Unlike the Saturn V rockets these exploded at their apex. The eight year old son, was frightened by the loud report from the rocket exploding. I think the father was having more fun than the son was.

I could smell the cordite from the burnt fireworks. Some of these fireworks are fucking enormous. The bigger the bang, the better it is to scare the evil spiirts away that have been lingering for a year. This is why when there’s an accident at a fireworks factory, it’s a big one.

The seige of Sarajevo, 1992.