February 14, 2010

Year of the Tiger

Happy Chinese New Year! Spring Festival! Family Day! Fireworks Day! Whatever you call it, have a happy one! February 14, 2010 is Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, marking the beginning of the Year of the Tiger.

The fireworks began yesterday morning with black cats (think more like a super sized black cat, probably illegal in all American states) as early as 7:30 AM. And not just one or two black cats at a time, but rolls of blacks cats up to 15 feet! Even some were shooting off aerial fireworks early in the morning and throughout the afternoon. I still can't figure out why the aerial fireworks weren't saved for the night. Maybe they had a stockpile of fireworks and the only way to shoot them all off is to shoot them during the day too.

Anyhow, the real fireworks show began a little later in the evening, about 10:30 PM. Soon after the CCTV Chinese New Year Gala TV Special was over everyone went outside to blast away. We've become quite immune to all the fireworks and have some video from a couple of years ago if you'd like to see some. (After a while the video begins to look like a continuous loop.)

Kanyon is not as immune to the fireworks. At first he was scared, but he quickly changed his mind. By the end of the night, he was saying, "More fireworks" and "Fireworks, boom, boom, boom!"

Here wishing you all a great Chinese New Year. And to all of you born in the Year of the Tiger, have an extra special year.

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