Friday, February 23, 2007
Not-So-Happy Chinese New Year
I hate to be the one to burst everyone's bubble, but celebrating the Chinese New Year in China is not all it's cracked up to be. There was one night of fun. Sunday night - the evening of the first day of the Year of the Pig - was fabulous. Beautiful fireworks displays, banquet dinners, parades and parties out on the streets - it was like the fourth of July in America. And I could appreciate the beautiful celebration of Chinese culture.

But it's been six days since then. And the fireworks and firecrackers and explosions haven't stopped yet. I feel like I'm living in a warzone. The explosions start at seven A.M. and don't end until one in the morning. Perhaps this holiday is more comparable to the fourth of July than I originally thought. Not the Independence Day holiday. I mean the ACTUAL fourth of July. In 1776. In the midst of war. With rifle and cannon fire, loud booms, piercing cracks, and bright flashes at all hours of the day and night.

The New Year was Sunday.

It is now Friday.

It is time to stop.

And though I'm sure my Chinese readership is few at best, I'm making a public plea to make it all end. Make the noise and the blinding light go away. I don't like being sleep-deprived and people don't like me when I'm sleep-deprived either. So really, it's in everyone's best interests. Isn't five days enough already? Just think about it. Thank you.
posted by Rachel @ 11:29 AM  
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