Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Year's Eve Celebration


These very poor photographs are here to give you an idea of what New Year's Eve celebration is like in our neighborhood.
Our neighbors spend hundreds of euros on fireworks ... everything from sparklers to firecrackers to real rockets. The kids light them off throughout the whole day, but at midnight it seems like the entire population of the country goes outside and light their fireworks for about 2 hours.
Note the amount of trash in the first picture ... it's all left out in the streets and over the next two days the city does a massive cleanup. The smoke is a combination of a light fog that rolled in but is mostly the smoke from all of the fireworks going off. To sum it up, it's frightening and friendly at the same time.

For the remainder of the week, we'll return to the "best of 07" theme and revisit some of our favs from last year.

8 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Well, after looking at the photos and the cleanup you talked about, I am glad to know that lunacy is not limited to the United States.

I would like to thank you for your visits to my blog in 2007 and to wish you and your family and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous 2008.

Rambling Round said...

Wow! What a celebration! The biggest rockets ever fired in our neighborhood were fired by one of my kids. He's "outgrown" that now, and besides, it's still too dry to risk it.

Neva said...

I agree with Abe, nice to know lunacy is not limited to just us! I have never understood why people want to try and blow their fingers off... takes all kinds I guess! Best to you in 2008....it is cold (3) and we had 6 inches of snow on New Year's Eve....gotta love Chicago weather!

Olivier said...

beau reportage photo. Au début je croyais voir une manifestation ;o).
Tu n'as pas eu peur pour ton APN ?

Beautiful photo report. At first I thought I see a demonstration ;o).
You do not have fear for your camera?

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Ha R,
That was like our neighbourhood, not too many fireworks also....and where it was there was many red paperworks in the streets, its cleaned up now..

I Understand the reactions from above blogfriends Abe and Neva, inividual people like us do not spend our money on fireworks, mostly the shopowners or comapanies like to spend their money on fireworks....

So the photo's of FIREWORKS I show on my blog are made on a SAIL-festivity in Amsterdam, I was surprised of the big fireworks there , but good for photography!

Gordon said...

When I was growing up we had fireworks 'parties' for Guy Fawkes, but not for New Year's Eve. Due to numerous personal accidents and the fire risk, individuals can no longer buy fireworks here.

There are large corporate displays for New Year and on other special occasions. They are great for photographers!

Gordon said...

Sorry, 'here' is Adelaide in South Australia.

Dick said...

I like fireworks but not in this way. The last day of the year is not the right time to go out.