Happy New Year readers! I hope you were able to celebrate the New Year in the best way possible.
First of all, my thoughts go out to all those involved in the nightclub attack in Istanbul, Turkey. (Full story here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38481521 .)
Secondly, I would like to share with you some thoughts on celebrations here in Italy.
I had the pleasure of witnessing a wonderful show which was put on by the City Council of Como, Italy. The display was organised on the lake of Como. The fireworks were launched from a boat.
We watched the launching of the fireworks from a prime location, some twenty metres from the firework boat, on the safety of the lakeside. We were unaware the show would take place directly opposite us. It was a stroke of luck.
The fireworks display was incredibly impressive, lasting what seemed an eternity. There were a lot of people watching them from all around the lakeside. In fact, we could here the cheers echoing around the lake, along with the sound of the resonating explosions from the pyrotechnics.
Chinese lanterns were being sold by street-sellers, who were doing a roaring trade. As the evening went on, the sky was filled with graceful lanterns floating up into the sky. One kind lady donated us with a lantern, which we lit immediately and launched it from the shore. As it was my first attempt, I failed to open it correctly. It took some time to float up into the sky, though at a certain height it took a turn from the wind and quickly burst into flames. Like a falling star it burnt up as it descended, leaving a trail of burning paper. Its reflections on the lake gave it a graceful and beautiful end to its short life. However, as it hit the water it did not go out immediately but lay there for some minutes, floating on the surface and emitting a soft glow of light. Only to suddenly disappear from view.
As more people launched their Chinese lanterns we saw more of them meet their fate as they rose into the sky, only to burst into flames and come spiralling down, much to the delight of the spectators. Above all, the scene of around 100 lanterns floating in the sky was wonderful to watch. It all seemed so surreal with the continuous array of light shooting up into the sky.
As the show finished, the crowd quickly dispersed and people began their own pyrotechnic shows. Enormous explosions could be heard, so loud that car alarms were set off. People were in good spirits as they left, though the traffic was now at a total gridlock in the area around the lake. It was better to be walking around town than taking a car into the centre.
At 2.30am the evening came to a close for me, though for others it was still going strong as I heard powerful fireworks still being launched. I smiled as I slowly drifted off to sleep. It was a celebration that I will never forget.
Happy 2017. I wish you all the best and I sincerely hope to see you very soon in class.
Thanks for reading.
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