Chinese New Year in Sibu is unfailingly celebrated by the liberal ignition of various combustible materials packaged in the form of firecrackers and fireworks. The Lunar New Year is literally heralded in with the people’s version of the 21 gun salute.
This is the view from my house:
Fireworks at midnight to usher in Chinese New Year 2010. I live in a fairly active neighbourhood so you can see the enthusiasm of the people resulting in a cloud of rolling smoke covering the area.
You’ll be hard pressed to see from the man made fog at this point but true to the spirit of my hometown, a police cruiser rolls down the street, giving various warnings to no effect. There’s just too many Chinese in Sibu and it’s been our tradition since time immemorial (oh well, since I was born at least) to let it rip during CNY.
With the police settled, feel free to entertain yourself with the sound of firecrackers and the lovely sight of fireworks from the balcony of my family home.
One last encore.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Gong Xi Fatt Chai and all that. w00t!