On New Year’s Eve, it’s German tradition to watch a British comedy called Dinner for One, which is shown a hundred times on television that day. Afterward tradition calls for getting very drunk and throwing fireworks at each other/houses/cars on the streets. There are no big city-sponsored fireworks displays each year, just a couple of burned down houses and deaths in the newspaper.
So if you would like to add a bit of the Teutonic to your New Year’s celebrations this year, watch this video, then go outside and try to blow up your neighbor’s house. Violent as it may sound, I admit that I find German New Year’s traditions more understandable than, say, watching a disco ball drop from a pole on television. Happy 2010.