29 Jan '17, 4am

Here’s the reason why the firecrackers you see during #CNY in Singapore are fake: https://t.co/fp0Qm9RYL5

Here’s the reason why the firecrackers you see during #CNY in Singapore are fake: https://t.co/fp0Qm9RYL5

If you grew up in the 1980s and after, chances are you might have never seen a real life firecracker in the flesh. This is unlike our neighbours in the north who revel in their explosive celebrations every year. Firecrackers are called 爆竹 in Mandarin (literally ‘exploding bamboo’) because of their oblong shapes and tendency to explode when lit. Traditionally, firecrackers were lit during the festive seasons, so that evil spirits would be driven away by the loud noise. Firecrackers were very popular in Singapore before 1972, that people also used them for other festivities such as Hari Raya and Christmas. Man, those firecrackers are ‘lit’. Via National Archives. However, the setting off of firecrackers became a public safety issue. Over one third of the fires that occured during the 1968 Chinese New Year season were caused by firecrackers. Even after the gradual introductio...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2017/01/heres-the-reason-why-the-fir...

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