Today I’m hearing many firecrackers go off as the Chinese celebrate the start of the New Year. A firecracker (also known as a cracker, noise maker, banger or bunger) is a small explosive device primarily designed to produce a large amount of noise, especially in the form of a loud bang; any visual effect is incidental to this goal. They have fuses, and are wrapped in a heavy paper casing to contain the explosive compound. Firecrackers, along with fireworks, originated in China.
These decorative red crackers are very popular Chinese New Year decorations and were seen in a small market in Shanghai. You can also see the decorative red chillies which are also very popular.