Bispu di Anja Nobo (New Year’s Eve) starts around noon on December 31. Large crowds gather on parking lots of different local businesses to laugh, dance, drink, watch, hear (and smell!) the Pagara (long red ribbon of firecrackers) and give everyone (whether you know them or not) 3 kisses (!) to wish them a Bon Anja!
10 Things You Should Know About Pagaras:
1. Café De Tropen started the first public Pagara street party in 1992 (Pietermaai – De Tijd, Larry’s Restaurant, Juliana Plein also tend to offer public pagara parties during the day on December 31)
2. Size matters. People WILL judge. The longer the Pagara ribbon + party, the bigger the business.
3. Pagaras are only allowed between Dec 27 – Jan 2 and give ‘burning money’ a whole new meaning (they also make the very best tax write-offs!)
4. The louder the Pagara roar, the more prosperous your new year.
5. The smokier the Pagara, the more effective at fending off fuku (evil spirits)
6. Pagara flake clean-up is a ginormous pain in the butt. Pagara flakes once got stuck to the soles of my shoes for 2 years!
7. Plagatox (insect repellant) is the most effective Pagara lighter.
8. Brass bands make *great* Pagara companions.
9. Pagara lighting is (still) extremely male-dominated (Let’s keep it that way!)
10. Overly ambitious Pagaras tend to be dangerous… So: ENJOY but please BE SAFE!!!