Selamat Tahun Baru (Happy New Year) !
Happy New Year 2009 ! Bonne Année ! Prosit Neujahr ! And for me here in Bali, it’s Selamat Tahun Baru in Indonesian.
You could not go through any village or town here without seeing stands upon stands of colorful noisemakers and hats for New Year’s Eve. Long tubes with paper dragons or roosters on the ends, conical hats and other fun paper decorations. Men walk around carrying wooden sticks overflowing with them, hop on their bicycles still holding them and go up and down the streets - a true stand on wheels. Can you notice the bicycle wheel in the picture below left – you can hardly see the man and his bike underneath all of the colorful paper and strings.
Did you notice the boy hiding behind his mother in the above photo?