New Year's eve is different in a country where it is summer rather than winter on December 31st. Last year was our first New Year's eve in Cordoba, after living through it in Montevideo and again in Bariloche. Bariloche was quiet, but then again, nearly every day in the country outside of Bariloche is quiet. Why should New Year's be an exception? Montevideo and Cordoba are decidedly NOT quiet on New Year's eve. They are the exact opposite of quiet. They are loud, obnoxious and extremely dangerous with every single person (or so it seems) lighting off fireworks. It's similar on Christmas eve where we had about 30 minutes of fireworks last week but we are bracing for a lot more tonight.
The thing is, it's not just one house or one fireworks display in the distance. It is coming from all around you. We live across from a park, so much of the noise comes from there, too. Seemingly every house lights off fireworks and there are pyrotechnics pop-up shops around town for the weeks leading up to the holidays.
We tend to be on the more reserved side and want to keep up the South American traditions, but also celebrate in our own way. Last year we purchased large paper lanterns that fill with hot air after lighting a giant wick on the bottom. They float away until the wick burns up (or burns the lantern). We lit paper lanterns like this when in Thailand many years ago and it was a peaceful way to celebrate while not contributing to the noise- unless you count the medium-sized-one crying. She did NOT like to let go of the lanterns last year!
We'll be sending off paper lanterns again this year. After releasing the lanterns, we'll lay in the backyard to enjoy the neighborhood display and our lanterns floating away peacefully in the not-so peaceful night.
Lets just hope the huge cracks, pops and bangs throughout the neighborhood don't wake up the baby. Who am I kidding, they will. That's okay, it's New Year's Eve. :)
Happy New Year everyone! Make it a safe and beautiful celebration, wherever you may be. Wishing all your dreams come true in 2013!