No Fireworks in Singapore this year.
Personally I wasn’t a big fan of the fireworks conducted in Singapore anyway. But thats probably just due to the relatively high level of expectations I gained, after having witnessed the gigantic NYE fireworks in front of Sydney’s opera house.
After all, its of course a nice thing to have, or better “see”, while sitting on your rooftop and having a cold beer following a hard day of work. Dipping your Prata in the delicious curry and enjoying a colorful night sky.
However, I was quite surprised when I found out that the annual Chinese New Year fireworks celebrations had been canceled this time in Singapore. And the reason why I am more surprised then usual is the fact that just last week, I learned more about the details of the Chinese New Year history, including the important and mandatory Fireworks as the tradition for keeping away “Nian”, the monster who “started” it all.
(Read: Chinese New Year Through The Eyes Of An Expat)
I wouldn’t describe myself as a Chinese New year expert now, but at least I understand a lot of things I only accepted with some kind of mystification last year.
A Firework Wouldn’t Even Be Enough
Now one might argue that there are still the “Firecracker” celebrations in China Town, following the countdown to the new year… but, what are firecrackers compared to a colorful symphony of fireworks, right?
And in the end, I would say that last year brought as much misfortune and bad luck as not many years were ever able to accumulate before. So in fact, what we need is a whole arsenal of Fireworks, running 24 hours a day from tonight till Monday morning, to even get a chance of scaring away the “bad ghosts” and make room for a good start into the next year. (Since thats what the fireworks and crackers are supposed to do, right?)
(Read: 10 Things You Should Never Do At Chinese New Year)
Of course I cant speak for you directly in this matter, but well, look around you and the friends leaving Singapore as victims of the financial crisis will pretty much exceed the fingers available to count them up on your hands.
Then Why Don’t We Have Fireworks This Year?
That was what I asked myself searching for the ultimate reason. And besides the obvious I came up with two more subtle motivations, for not having the fireworks this year.
- The Obvious:
Money. Of course. The most obvious and main reason are the high costs of such an event and the lag of justification in these days of financial tumult.
- The Subtle:
We know that the fireworks and crackers are supposed to scare away the “bad ghosts” and clean out the bad luck. Now, what if Singapore’s government wants to keep the bad luck? Uh, conspiracy!
- Sounds crazy right? But with two Casinos in the pipeline one might assume that a good portion of bad luck might be a sure income strategy, to heal the bleeding wounds of financial loss at these days.
- Furthermore, in days of instability, like we have them right now, people usually rely on their government to bring back this missing stability and as much as never, are willing for a complete new start of politics just to bring more instability into the whole “game”.
Much more then the usual fight between Opposition and the government, Singaporeans will focus on their own misfortune in form of financial disaster, and how the government will prevail and fix this problem.
Only once the stability has been reestablished, people will start to look at the whole picture. So why not lengthen this period a bit by keeping this bad luck inside Singapore.
Its A Bit Far Fetched
Ok, I agree, only the true believers would probably nod their heads and give me a “Yes, why not, that sounds reasonable”, all you others will probably stick to the first point, and agree that it wouldnt be a good idea to shoot a couple of million dollars in the air to have some nice explosions and colors brightne up the night sky for a couple of minutes.
This would help to overcome the financial crisis, as much as Singapores Speakers Corner helps to solve or adress poplitical issues, Not At All.
So have a happy new year and Gong Xi Fa Cai to All of You!!