I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time and a marvelous start into this New Year. We are already 8 days into this year, a leap year. So one more day for more fun, family, projects and excitement.
Our “Rutsch” (slide) into the New Year was rather uneventful. We watched like every year “Dinner for one” In Germany,a tradition has taken form: every year on December 31st, TV networks broadcast an 18-minute-long black and white two-hander comedy skit.In 1963, Germany’s Norddeutscher Rundfunk television station recorded a sketch entitled Dinner For One, performed by the British comics Freddie Frinton and May Warden. The duo depicted an aging butler serving his aristocratic mistress, Miss Sophie, dinner on the occasion of her 90th birthday.Since its initial recording, the clip has become a New Year’s Eve staple in Germany.
Other than that, I tried to stay up until 12 but I didn’t make it. Even though people in this area where shooting fire works since 8 pm. I did not hear what was going on at 12.
The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China (time of the Tang Dynasty), where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is thus a part of the culture of China and had its origin there; eventually it spread to other cultures and societies.
In ancient China, people believed that fire could disperse evil spirits. Sparks were a good omen, sound could frighten ghosts, and smoke could create a healthy atmosphere. Fireworks had universal appeal as they combined these three elements.
The export of fireworks began with Paozhuang, a private trading company, which had a main store and several branches. In the mid-1800’s, Paozhuang began to deal in fireworks, trading by land and sea, throughout Asia and as far as Europe.
A poem describing the role of fireworks in the New Year festival:
“The breaks of fireworks say goodbye to the last year,
Spring wind has brought warmth to Suzhou City”
A figurative poem of a fireworks devotion:
“Just for the applaud of common people
They tear themselves into pieces
Let their lives
Come down in multiple colours.”
Did you get to see the fireworks to ring in the New Year 2016?
All these items can be found on Zibbet , if you click on the single picture then you will end up in the individual shop.
This is the Etsy Firewoks display (follow this link and it will take you to the Treasury, where you can get more detailed information)
So I hope everyone had a wonderful Start into the New Year and have big plans. All the Best for you!