Does ma know you’re doin’ this?
A reader in Brooklyn writes, “I’m looking for a change of career, Bob. How can I enter the exciting world of having firecrackers thrown at my bare skin?”
Sure, the guy in these pictures SEEMS to be having a great time as real fireworks explode on his body, but after a few minutes the novelty wears off and the flames may actually become irritating.
One of the guys quoted in our story on this was in his 25th year of being burned in this annual ritual. He says he doesn’t go to the hospital – he just gets his wounds treated at friends’ homes.
“Hey Ralphie, stop knockin’ so loud! Do you know what time it is? Oh cripes, is it already Fireworks Night again? Lola, it’s just Ralphie. Bring the ointment and the fire extinguisher!
“Geez, Ralphie, don’t you have ANY other friends? Hey, watch the new sofa!”
People throw firecrackers at a shirtless man acting as Master Handan during the Handan ritual on Yuan-Hsiao, the 15th day after the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Taidung, Taiwan, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Nicky Loh