Fifth day of Chinese New Year

2010-02-18 — Good Characters (Leave a message)

Today is the day many Chinese businesses re-open. Some businesses will light a long-fused string that has hundreds or even thousands of firecrackers and hang it along the outside of a high-rise building. And the explosive, loud, popping noise could last for 10 minutes or more. It signifies a joyful and long prosperous time to come. Eat some dumplings. They look like ancient Chinese gold ingots and are therefore considered lucky.