Ringing in the year

Last night at midnight China exploded.

We were already asleep in bed, the New Year’s eve fireworks having eased up around 10pm. But at midnight, a monsoon of fire sprang up over all the rooftops in Nanjing. From every boulevard, avenue, and even many small alleyways came soaring explosions of red, gold, green, blue, and purple starbursts. The explosions weren’t only overhead- people were dropping lit chains of firecrackers from their apartment windows down to the street below. It was a symphony of exploding that must have been heard from miles away (presuming the outlying areas didn’t have their own artillery!).

We won’t forget this night. Leo was oblivious for the first ten minutes, but the force of explosions eventually roused him from a blissful sleep. When the supplies started running out after forty-five minutes, the city started quieting again. Leo somehow managed to ignore the straggler explosions and fell back asleep in his crib. We had to wait until about 1:30, and finally relative quiet returned to Nanjing.

Until 6am that is. Early birds let us know that Spring Festival was well under way! Some people obviously have stockpiles of fireworks to last more than a passing evening! We don’t expect all of this to stop until two weeks from now, when Lantern Festival spells the end of the celebratory period.

If you can’t beat them, join them, right?


4 Responses to “Ringing in the year”

  1. 2 coffeegopher January 28, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I was wondering what all that noise was! Happy New Year!!

  2. 3 mjfalk January 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Friday, January 30th, 2009, here—–the warm winter sun is keeping Dad’s study cozy for the afternoon today, but we know it’s just a few degrees above zero F outdoors—-after all, this is wintertime in Wisconsin. Wish we had a way to pipe this warmth over to your apartment there—and, for that matter, to bottle it up here for the night-time hours, as well.
    Your Christmas photos are being enjoyed around here—TONS!!! Of course, little Leo is the star, but the family is enjoying seeing photos of Leo’s Dad, Leo’s Mom, Leo’s home, etc. Very few firecrackers at midnight on New Years Eve around here—but we all did managed to stay awake until midnight, so Dad, Chris, Sam, and I wished one another Blessings and future happiness and good health—-and went to bed. Glad the Chinese people like to celebrate—-good sign.

  3. 4 Becca G. January 31, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    What an amazing experience! I’m sure you’ll never experience 4th of July the same again!

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