We enjoyed the celebration from our window. The numbers grew quickly to 50 or more out in the courtyard with their small children. All the residents set off box after box. They we're going off in neighboring courtyards, too-- as far as we could see in the front and in the back. It was still going strong when we went to bed at 1:30. FUN!
(The 31st and 1st are "in days" for missionaries, so we didn't go out into the festivities.)
Happy 2009 !