The streets of cities from Sydney to Sao Paulo were flooded with drums, fire crackers and dancing dragons over the weekend as the world celebrated the Lunar New Year.
Known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, the event is marked by parades and fireworks. In China, billions of people are expected to travel home for the holiday, which began on Jan. 28.
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For a festival where racks of fireworks explode and fly straight into the crowd, it’s little wonder that Taiwan’s annual Yanshui Festival has been described as akin to being caught in “artillery fire.”
A siren sounds when the fireworks are lit, and participants clad in thick jackets and pants, scarves, helmets and ear plugs, experience thousands of bottle rockets being set off.
If you understand the pain of having to face the firing range of your relatives’ questions on Chinese New Year, you’re going to appreciate this impressive performance by Shanghai’s Rainbow Chamber Singers.
Titled What I Do Is For Your Own Good —The Spring Festival Survival Kit (春节自救指南), the song describes somewhat perfectly the woes of average Chinese millennials heading home for the festive period and getting nagged at about their salaries, weight and single status.
“Do you want to come work at my company? / You should lose some weight. Don’t eat dinner tonight. / How much is your salary? / Why don’t you quit your Bohemian lifestyle?” the singers chorus at each other. Read more…