Ah yes, Chinese New Year…one of (thankfully) only three times of the year that religion in Taiwan becomes highly annoying. However it doesn’t come in the form of proselytizing; rather, it’s the fireworks going off at all hours without warning.
It wouldn’t be so bad if it were limitations on it. The firework displays organized by federal and local governments happen in specific places and at specific times (for example, at Taipei 101 in Taipei at midnight this past Saturday, six kilometres from my home as the crow flies). I could plan to either stay home inside solid walls or leave town because I know in advance.
The real annoyance is the noise polluters, the inconsiderate scum who light firecrackers indiscriminately at all hours, in back alleys and on streets, and up to two weeks before and after the holiday in question. Fireworks give me headaches comparable to migraines and they don’t go away for days.
“Culture” does not justify using noise as a weapon nor being inconsiderate to others. There need to be legal restrictions on when and where fireworks are used for the same reason that many on FtB have spoken about church bells. Not just in Taiwan at CNY, but anywhere and on any holiday.
The missive, “The right to swing a fist ends at another person’s nose,” applies to physical violence, but the same should be true of audible violence: The right to make loud noise ends at another person’s ear drums.