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Berliner New Year’s: it slides

The German new year’s is like the English, a jovial ‘Happy New Year’s‘. But there’s also New Year’s Eve greeting Guten Rutsch, which I butcher into an English ‘have a good slide‘. All of Germany slides into the new year, and Berlin does so with particular fervor. Fireworks here range far beyond the Brandenburger Tor party. Indeed, from our apartment overlooking Prenzlauerberg and Mitte, Berlin’s official fireworks was only able to compete with the panoramic rest for about 5 minutes and even then presented only another wedge of awesome. The video above only shows an arc about 25 degrees of Alex and eastwards – the official fireworks are kilometers to the west. The overlapping exposures create the general ambient of a full panorama of explosions. Berlin is unique in this regard, or at least in this dimension. Everyone everywhere seems to have their own firework show, which begins with impatient explosions and fire crackers a few days premature, swelling into a horizon of pyromantics a few hours before the Rutsch and then a crescendo of explosions as the clock rings 2013 and about an hour thereafter.
This year seemed decidedly less aggressive. In years past, the feeling was raw. Kids would toss firecrackers at your feet or aim fireworks at cars and passersby. This year felt much more celebratory. So, we had a great Rutsch, and I hope you did too!

There are 4 Comments to this article

Heri says:
01/01/2013

“goiles” video !

Heri says:
01/01/2013

guten rutsch auch !

d maas says:
01/01/2013

Danke! See I provoked a Munich flashback :-)

Heri says:
01/01/2013

just updatet broken link…. new video of this year are coming soon….

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