happy new year!

Filipinos customarily greet the New Year with a barrage of fireworks. Many families lay in a supply of things that go bang or explode in a shower of colorful sparks. Even humble households will try to buy a box of inexpensive sparklers or pop rocks for the children to enjoy.

Lighting fireworks on New Year’s Eve is believed to frighten off ghosts and other evil spirits, and welcome the New Year in with joyous celebration. A practice borrowed from Chinese culture, it has led to the growth of a fireworks industry concentrated in the Bulacan area of Luzon.

My children, my sister, and I spent New Year’s Eve at my aunt’s home in Quezon City. There, as everywhere in the country, super lolos, trianggulos, sinturon ni Hudas, fountains, showers, Roman candles, Catherine wheels, watusi, pop rocks, sparklers, luces, and other fireworks were lit and consumed in a burst of flame, to the applause and glee of spectators.

It was raining, which wasn’t good for the fireworks set out in the street. Wet gunpowder doesn’t go off. It was the first time that it rained on New Year’s Eve in many years, as far as I can recollect. Many, though, were actually relieved; the drizzle reduced the risk of fire.

Happy new year! May 2009 bring us all the good things that we need and wish for!

Image above P’shopped from this original.

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5 Comments on happy new year!

  1. TAO
    3 January 2009 at 10:37 pm (3302 days ago)

    Happy new year to you too! Your blog has been down for a bit (at least for me) so sorry this isn’t more timely. Thanks for the videos since we don’t have fireworks where I live.

  2. Jenny
    4 January 2009 at 1:32 am (3302 days ago)

    Happy new year, TAO! Hope you enjoyed your celebration where you are.

    Thanks for being my first commenter of the year. ;) So sorry my blog has been down rather often lately – Philhosting sucks. :( ( I’m looking for a better service provider and hope to do the transfer within the next few weeks.

  3. TAO
    5 January 2009 at 8:57 am (3301 days ago)

    Your blog (and host) seem to be working fine now! Glad to be the first to comment for 2009. I enjoy reading things here and I look forward to a new year of it. Are you going to write anything about the last pen meet in Manila? You seem to be the documentarian of such and do a great job at it. Thanks again!

  4. Jenny
    5 January 2009 at 10:30 am (3300 days ago)

    Hi, TAO! Yes, I’ll be writing about the latest penmeet. Am still overwhelmed by it – it was the most well-attended so far! ;)

  5. TAO
    6 January 2009 at 12:37 am (3300 days ago)

    Yay! Looking forward to the report. Your group seems like such a bunch of nice people who really enjoy the hobby. Good to see a grass roots event like that pop up.

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