Red And Loud

Red And Loud

Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown, London

Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown, London

Legend has it that in ancient China, Nian was a man-devouring predator beast that could infiltrate houses silently. The Chinese soon learned that Nian was sensitive to loud noises and the color red, and they scared it away with explosions, fireworks and the liberal use of color red domestically. These customs led to the first New Year celebrations.

This is an excerpt from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (if you don’t have anything good to do with the Internet, this is one of the informative sites you can go to). Now, that explains why the Chinese celebrate CNY the way they do.

Hey, this is supposed to be a safety message isn’t it?

OK then:

Drive safely for the long holidays, check your tyre pressure (excessive mandarin oranges in the boot is also a hazard, did you know that?), keep the road clean and tidy (you know where to throw away the orange peels and soft drink cartons we gave you), be safe if you’re playing with firecrackers, and wear the earplugs if they got to above 85 decibels.

Then come back safely, to the launching of the new Permit To Work on 2 Feb 2006.

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