Chinese New Year Eve in Sibu

cny fireworks

It is a source of our pride that the residents of Sibu put out the best display of citizen sponsored fireworks during Chinese New Year annually. Despite the ban on the sale and use of firecrackers and fireworks most people still let loose every year – spending incredible amounts of hard earned money on pyrotechnics.

Unlike most other places, we can get firecrackers and fireworks by just strolling into certain shops, where they are displayed in all their glory. It’s nowhere close to the good ol’ pre-ban days where there’s a booth selling firecrackers outside supermarkets every meter or so but I take solace that despite the ban we still manage to put out an impressive barrage every year.

Most of my neighbors were out in force, and the most popular item this year is pre-loaded “ground cakes” which makes a sustained burst of colors and sound easier than one shot shell launchers.

CNY Eve in Sibu!

This is what Sibu looks like at the stroke of midnight on Chinese New Year Eve – it’s awesome and the smoke from all the firecrackers and fireworks quickly overwhelm the street, making visibility poor and seeping into your houses until everything smells like sulfur.

roman candle

It’s all good though and the best part of CNY for me! Happy Chinese New Year 2011! 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Chinese New Year Eve in Sibu”

  1. Happy CNY. very good, well done. I miss that, thanks for sharing. It is now our new year eve but nothing like that here in L.A. Time to ZZZ zzzzz….

  2. I am not a big fan of firecrackers. They are banned in Singapore since longgggggg ago. Since Chinese New Year is a time for eating, drinking and merry making, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you !!

    • Same here – it’s banned in Malaysia too.

      I love them though coz I grew up with them and to me it’s a cultural thing, it’s how Chinese celebrate CNY. 🙂

      Hey, I heard rumors about firecrackers and fireworks being unbanned for a certain period of time next year. I hope that’s true!

      Yup, CNY is all about eating, drinking, gambling and MOST IMPORTANTLY – family and friends. 🙂

      Happy CNY to you and Gong Xi Fa Chai! =D

      • Why you guys care so much ban or unban. Just do it. They (government or authority or council or whatever) understood and they will “open 1 eye and close 1 eye”. No worries.

        • That’s how we always do it in Sibu, Teck. 🙂

          We let off firecrackers and fireworks regardless.

          However, there is ONE very important advantage of lifting the ban on fireworks:

          Variety!!! =D

          You remember the sheer amount of choice we have back when we were kids? If it’s unbanned, we’ll have all the different types of fireworks again and not just the standard ones. 🙂

          Happy CNY bro! 🙂

    • Hello Yiling and Happy CNY! I see that you’re enjoying Colombo! Hope that CNY over there is fun as well! Wishing you the best of luck for the upcoming year and Gong Xi Fa Chai!

      Here’s to health, wealth and everything else for you Yiling! =D

    • Oh! Hello Eiling and Happy Chinese New Year! <3

      Wishing you all the best in 2011 and may everything go well for you this year.

      See ya when I get back to KL Eling! 🙂


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