NiHao! I apologize for submitting this entry so late. I’d been holding out for good Internet, but it looks like my Internet connection will be a little shaky throughout my time here!
Last Night of the Spring Festival (2/17/11)
I tried my best to describe this night for you, but also included some video and pictures if my words could not how crazy this night was!
From every direction people on the street, fuyuen, wait staff, or other passersby set off firecrackers, placing them in the road and retreating back to their shop fronts. Mothers hurried their children away clasping their ears while pedestrians dashed from sidewalk to sidewalk to avoid the explosions. Car alarms blared, the flashing lights adding to the thrill and anxiety of our walk home. In the distance, fireworks lit the sky and reflected off windows of apartment buildings. The sounds shattered through the air with the thunder-like bass of the echoes never ending. This was the last night of the Spring Festival as we experienced walking home from dinner.
I don’t know the name of the thing I saw but I will try to explain. It was a red lantern of sorts sent up into the sky; at first looking like a kite and then like a freed balloon with a yellow light in the center. It rose higher and higher from an alleyway to above the skyline floating the way jellyfish bob forward in water. I wish I knew what it was called, but all I know is that it continued to fly into the sky until I could no longer see it or distinguish it from the sparks of nearby fireworks.
Tomorrow I have my placement test. I hope to get a good night’s rest perhaps with the help of earplugs. If I did not have the test, surely I would stay up until the last of the fireworks which, supposedly, are allowed anywhere in the city until midnight.