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Official firework-burning is enough for the spring festival

Popularity 1Viewed 576 times 2019-1-15 10:45 |Personal category:China life|System category:News

In ancient times people burnt bamboo which would give out considerable sound plus light those were enough to frighten away any possible attacking from the cruel spiritts around! That is why firework was named as 爆竹(exploding bamboo). 
But in the modern society we are tired of kinds Of noise. It is terrible if you burn fireworks in the crowded urban area! 
Our government may organize a formal firework-burning program for the spring festival which is carried out by professional policemen on special spot! That is enough!

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Reply Report kevinruud 2019-1-15 12:03
I don't think bamboo burnt to burst can have such a big noise, there might be other explanation for the firework in Chinese.
Reply Report SEARU 2019-1-15 14:23
kevinruud: I don't think bamboo burnt to burst can have such a big noise, there might be other explanation for the firework in Chinese.
Yes, your doubt is reasonable!
I first got this version of noting about ‘firework’ on radio when I was pupil for which I felt fresh! The bamboo is such a special plant that has hollow inside in which there is plenty of air. When you pile up a lot of bamboo and make a fire, some of them may ‘explode’ since the inside air would expand due to the heat from fire!
Another explaining should go like as the following:
In ancient time some clever man made a cracker in this way:He filled 'gun-powder" into the hollow bamboo-piece and sealed it with mud. Certainly this kind of newly-invented product should have been named as ‘exploding bamboo’!

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