Common Knowledge of Chinese Culture

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Firecrackers and Fireworks 

Chinese invented powder and are famous for their firecrackers and fireworks. At New Year's time, they are continuously discharged, for at that joyous season a perfect pandemonium reigns rampant. Sleep is almost out of the question at night while house after house and shop after shop lets off its strings of firecrackers, the rattling of the small artillery being accentuated by a louder boom every little while from a bomb of larger size. Firecrackers and fireworks are also used in other joyous events, such as marriages, processions, saints' days, feats.

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