Launching New Year’s Fireworks in Norway

It’s time to wrap up the year 2006 and welcome the new one. By this the last chapter is written and I’ll start with a blank sheet and a sharp pen in 2007. It’s been a wonderful blog year for me, I’ve met a bunch of lovely people all over the world and have shared and exchanged interesting facts and thoughts about culture, traditions and habits with you all. Thanks to all visitors and commenter’s who have made this year an educating eye opener for me. I’m pretty sure you have learned something about Norway and the Nordic countries too:-) I’ll summarise with my mottos: Blogging –Connecting people and –Bridging the cultural gaps! So lets all go on: –Make Blogs, not wars!

You know I always like to give something special from Norway and the Nordic countries so let me introduce my last story this year with this picture:

All pics taken with my Nokia mobile phone – click to enlarge!

Every year we buy our own fireworks and its big business in the days before New Years Eve. I can’t remember doing it when I was young, but ever since I have had children of my own, we’ve had fun with it. They were always exited of course and every year they helped me build a ramp with snow and ice to secure a safe launch. We often had a party with friends in the neighbourhood and one year I remember one of the fathers launched fireworks for almost an hour. That year it was – 20C (-5F) and since we stood watching so long, the champagne almost froze in the glasses. You see one pic from this hilarious evening at left!

This year we are in Sweden, just so that you know they do this here too. As you can see in the pics, there are plenty to choose from and the clerk is eager to demonstrate, showing the fireworks effect on the monitor. One can stay there for hours just to watch and build up the anticipation.

This year I’ve chosen a box which has a great variety of effects. I didn’t want single fireworks on sticks, because there is no snow to build ramps right now. With this package you just light the fuse and move away, the fireworks light themselves one after another as you watch from a safe distance. If you look at the box, it says: ‘Cocktail’, so cheers and Happy New Year to you all!

This evening there is lobster, crab, craw fish and shrimp on the menu, so we’ll have a seafood extravaganza to celebrate 2006 and welcome 2007:-)

I’ll end this year with greetings to all my lovely blog friends in your own language:

Happy New Year:
Danish – Godt Nytår
Dutch – Gelukking Nieuwjaar
Finnish – Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French – Bonne Annee
German – Prosit Neujahr
Indonesian – Selamat Tahun Baru
Italian – Felice anno nuovo
Japan – Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu
Norwegian – Godt Nyttår
Philippines – Manigong Bagong Taon
Spanish – Feliz Ano ~Nuevo
Swedish – Gott nytt år!
Thai – Sawadee Pee Mai
Vietnamese – Chuc Mung Tan Nien