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Thread poster: Nadja Balogh

Nadja Balogh  Identity Verified
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Jan 1, 2008

Hi everybody,

First of all, Happy New Year!

Which brings me to my question: Yesterday I realized again (as I do every New Year's Eve/New Year ever since I can remember) that I really abhor firecrackers. I may be oversensitive, but they really bother me. Now I've started wondering if I should spend next year's holidays in some country where there are no fireworks, or only very limited ones.

As this is such a wonderfully international place, I'm sure some of you can tell me if such a place exists.
(BTW, I've heard that this year, Paris had a ban on fireworks - was that observed at all?)

And, yes of course I know that there are no fireworks in Japan for New Year, having lived there for some years. But I don't want to spend my holidays there.


[Edited at 2008-01-01 09:38]


Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Any non-Christian country Jan 1, 2008

I would say you're good in any country where christianity is minimal or absent. My father lives in Israel - they don't care at all about New Year's Eve. I was with my dad once at NYE, and saw just very sparse fireworks, from relatively recent immigrants who hadn't adapted yet.
New Year's Eve in Israel is somewhere late in September...


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Fireworks Jan 1, 2008

Hi Nadja

I belive in the state of Minnesota is a place to celebrate new years eve if you dislike fireworks.

Good luck and a happy new year

Ulf Thomassen


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Happy new year! Jan 1, 2008

I recommend Byron Bay, Australia, where I spent last year's New Year's Eve. They had some kind of parade through the city in the evening, everybody was on the street celebrating, they had live music in several places - and NO fireworks at all. It was wonderful. I don't know about other cities in Australia, though - of course there is the popular firework at the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, but I think that it is not allowed for "normal" people to run around throwing "Böller" at each other ...
Yes, yesterday I wished I was there ...


Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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UK Jan 1, 2008

Hi Nadja

Fireworks are not a New Year tradition in the UK, largely because we celebrate a rather parochial and long-forgotten event with them on 5 November.
Which is not to say there aren't any; I went to a dinner-dance at our local hotel last night and they did have a fireworks display. I believe there may be some at the big venues such as Trafalgar Square in London or Princes Street in Edinburgh but you would have to very unlucky if you couldn't easily find somewhere unaffected.
Happy New Year.



Henk Peelen  Identity Verified
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Happy New Year! Jan 1, 2008

I don't like crackers either, a lot of people don't, just like birds, dogs and other animals.
Anyway, here in Friesland, The Netherlands, on 31 December they like to put carbid in a milk can and have it exploded:


Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
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Normandy Jan 1, 2008

Henk Peelen wrote:

Anyway, here in Friesland, The Netherlands, on 31 December they like to put carbid in a milk can and have it exploded.

This tradition is popular but almost always illegal and not without good reason: a boy (9) got seriously injured yesterday, because he got the lid of the milk can in his face.

Sometimes I go to St. Vaast-la Hougue in Normandy (France) after Christmas. No fireworks at all, but great oysters!

Happy New Year everyone!


Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
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Certainly NOT Italy Jan 1, 2008

In the latest body count we have two people accidentally shot dead (yes, we have idiots that use to load a gun and shoot the clouds to celebrate) and several hundreds injuried by illegal fireworks or careless use of them. Not to mention kids that will lose an eye or a finger for picking up unexploded ones left in the streets in the next few days.

It should be declared illegal. Full stop.


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Follow the blizzard! Jan 1, 2008

There were nice activities around town, but no fireworks in Ottawa:

Certainly there would be no fireworks today, as there is a white-out blizzard raging on, with the intent of dropping some 20 cm on us through the day. Travel is treacherous for us out in the country, and there is not a single car out there, not even on the TransCanada highway, but Ottawa will be lively today, if my memory serves me correctly, as will the ski hills north of the capital.



Patricia Rosas  Identity Verified
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NOT SE Arizona Jan 1, 2008

I was happily sound asleep, knowing that New Year 2008 would get here without any particular help from me (and that if I got up and tried to stop it, that would be futile, too).

Then, my neighbors EVERYWHERE started shooting off the darned rockets. It wouldn't have bothered me if we all didn't live sprinkled throughout the cow pastures, with bone-dry grass and shrub as far as the eye can see. This will give you an idea:

But fortunately, no one set the neighborhood on fire, and now I plan on spending a quiet January 1 working while they all sleep it off. jejeje



Lubain Masum  Identity Verified
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Visit Bangladesh Jan 1, 2008

Hi Nadja,

You may consider celebrating your next new year in Bangladesh where you will see no fireworks, but may find a lot other things to enjoy.

Bangladesh has a number of attractive tourist spots. My favorite one is Cox's Bazar, particularly St. Martins Island. I am sure you will enjoy the most beautiful and the longest sea beach of the world. You may check the following links to know more about Cox's Bazar and St. Martins Island.

Happy New Year to all!




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Well, not here! Jan 1, 2008

Not in the Netherlands, I'm afraid. Sure, the fireworks themselves are quite spectacular and I enjoy watching at midnight!! What I don't like is kids and kidults lighting up their (not always legal) fireworks at all hours of the day, 3 weeks before the actual period of time during which they are allowed to light them up. My cat was about to get a nervous breakdown!!

And while most people are having innocent fun, every year you have idiots who think it's great fun to break windows and shelters at bus stops, shoot fireworks at houses and people, vandalise cars, light up fires in garbage containers (and vandalise the other containers), etc...


I've been up until way passed 3 am because we had the anti-riot police squad trying to control a bunch of these idiots, right around the corner from my house. The squad actually 'paraded' in my street at one point, quite impressive. Every year it's the same story in my area - a pretty quiet area 364 days per year - and I'm growing very tired of it. Sometimes I think I should move, but when I read the news the next morning, I see that it's pretty much the same story everywhere!

The combination of idiocy, alcohol and fireworks is definitely a deadly one!

Sorry for the rant, that's what I get for 3 hours of sleep and large translation assignment to finish!!


Nadja Balogh  Identity Verified
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A lot of choices, great! Jan 1, 2008

Thanks everybody for your opinions. I see that I'm neither alone in my dislike of loud noises (I also DO enjoy the shiny lights) nor lacking in possibilities of escape. A very comforting thought!


eesegura  Identity Verified
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Colombia Jan 1, 2008

My husband tells me that fireworks are banned in Colombia, and for various reasons.

Happy New Year, everyone!



Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Small towns in north west of Italy Jan 1, 2008

Hi Nadja,

I know it sounds very strange (almost unbelievable), but in the small towns in north west of Italy, no fireworks, no shots, nothing..

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[Edited at 2008-01-01 21:34]

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