Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Everybody warned us about the fireworks and firecrackers on New Years in Hawaii. I do remember firecrackers when I was growing up but WOW! This is amazing. Fireworks are legal between 9 PM and 1 AM but many of the neighbors were practicing earlier.
There's a heavy blanket of sulphurous smoke that is swirling about hugging the wet ground. We've closed all our windows and doors to try to keep the air in the house fresher. I've never been in a war zone but I have a feeling this must be how it sounds.
The horizon, what I can see of it, is punctuated by colorful fireworks that people are setting off in their streets and backyards. Hawaii is a melting pot of different cultures and fireworks is a Chinese custom to scare away the evil spirits that may be wanting to creep into the new year.... at least that's what somebody told me. Every year there are accidents and the emergency rooms are visited by people who were hurt by fireworks. People with respiratory problems are also in danger. I hope everybody stays safe to welcome in the new year happily. Happy New Year, everybody!
I'm so happy to have discovered blogging. I nervously got into it with Dina's (Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo) encouragement and now I feel like I've got friends all over the world. What a lovely feeling. Thank you to all of you who became my blogging family. It's great to go into the new year together with you.