Firecracker Ceremony for Year of the Rabbit [Video]

Posted on: February 4th, 2011 at 6:39 am by

The Year of the Rabbit is now upon us.  Yesterday was the annual Firecracker Ceremony, a Chinese new year tradition meant to ward off the evil spirits.

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Organized by the Better Chinatown Society, the event attracted hundreds to the Hester Street Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Tourists, locals, and school children on field trips were all in attendance.

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Festivities kicked off with national anthems, which eventually segued into the dragon dances. By the time political representatives began their pleasantries, the crowd grew restless. It was freezing and people just wanted to see some shit explode.  And that they did.

Some 500,000 fireworks were ignited, including ropes of M90s and plenty of mortars.  The three-minute pyrotechnic display was definitely more ambitious than last year, with many more explosions.  Standing in brisk conditions for two hours was well worth it.  But our ears are still ringing this morning!

NY1 has some additional coverage.

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