During the years before fire crackers were banned in Singapore, children hunt for the ones that had not been exploded on the streets. The adults had long strings of them, hung from higher floors of buildings or cranes. And as 60's Chinese New Year music filled the air from loudspeakers, the firecrackers exploded in unison... It was fun, fun, fun.
However, in 2003, the authorities allowed firecrackers to be set off during the festive season. At the Chinese New Year light-up in Chinatown, at the stroke of midnight on the first day of the Lunar New Year, firecrackers were set off under controlled conditions by the Singapore Tourism Board.
If readers were to search 'exploded firecrackers on the streets' on Google Images, Singaporeans today must be grateful to our late PM Lee Kuan Yew for banning them in August, 1972.
A Happy Lunar New Year of The Rooster 2017 to All.
Video: Vienne Lu: LearnHowToChinese.