Like the Fourth in December
Day 521 – December 24, 2012
“Like Christmas in July” is a phrase common in the United States.
Down here in Peru, that phrase can be turned on its head because for the past few weeks it has felt like “The Fourth in December”…as in the Fourth of July.
Here is what has been transpiring over the past twenty-four days…
…there have been newspaper articles documenting police raids on companies selling illegal fireworks;
…there have been other stories in newspapers telling their readers which are the safest fireworks to buy; and
…vendors on the street have been selling all manner of pyrotechnics – from individual things that go boom to shrink-wrapped packages that contain about twenty explosives;
All of this firework-related news and commerce is due a Peruvian tradition that begins tonight.
The carol “Silent Night” has no meaning in Peru because when midnight strikes tonight and Christmas Eve moves into Christmas Day, citizens all over the country light off their trove of fireworks.
We were in Cusco last year when the rockets went off. I am curious to see what time I will be able to finally drift off to sleep here in the larger city of Lima with all the bombs bursting in air.
Finally, and tho’ it’s been said many times, many ways….
Feliz Navidad and to all a good (and quiet) night.