CNY 2006 - Shrouded with smoke after the midnight fireworks
If you didn't go back to Sarikei for CNY, you would have missed the nice lanterns that were hung for the first time on the road from Ngee Hin Kopitiam's traffic junction to Sugar Bun. Kudos to the folks who did it.
The fireworks & crakers were fancier & bigger this year despite the ban & stern warning that people could be prosecuted for firecraker ashes found in their compound. Dogs, cats & birds ran amok when the spectacle began at 11.45pm. The town was blanketed with smoke like a war zone by 12.30am. People could be seen sweeping (!) away ashes after ushering in the year with a big bang.
Just when you were snoring away after silence had crept in, some jokers would often let off a loud stray firecraker or two after their marathon mahjong or blackjack (21 points) sessions. What is CNY without fireworks & crackers? Beijing had lifted the ban this year. Singapore has special allocated areas where people can play with CNY firecrackers. Maybe Sarikei should designate the Rejang River Esplanade as legal areas for launching CNY firecrakers?
A reader contributed this Sarikei fireworks video. Pump up the volume for the time travel experience!