Lantern Festival, which falls on the fifteenth day of the new lunar year, marks the end of Chinese New Year and the last day to shoot fireworks.
Walking home from work, it seems as if everyone were saving it until the last minute:
When I asked a man on the street, “Why?? Why are there so many?” He grinned from ear to ear and said, “We start the year out with good luck and good fortune by celebrating our happiness!”
Another lady looked at me and said, “I was mad at my husband for spending so much money on these, but <sigh> I guess it only happens once a year, right?”
Given that THIS is what typically happens after the fireworks go off:
It doesn’t seem that that lady or light sleepers will be too sad to see the fireworks go.
Best wishes to all in the Year of the Rabbit!
Videos courtesy of Devin, an associate of WildChina. Watch other WildChina videos here <http://www.youtube.com/wildchinatravel>.