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Excerpt from The Feasts of Tre-mang:
Celebrated on the summer solstice, the New Year’s festivities on Tre-mang were colorful, loud, and delicious. At sundown Tre-manners carried lanterns into the streets and ceremoniously burned kitchen chairs. Decorated with bright paper and, occasionally, firecrackers, these chairs were symbolically burdened with the unwanted things of the previous year. After watching the chairs go up in flames, Tre-manners enjoyed a raucous street party over the cinders of things past. Beer and auspicious foods were passed around freely in the crowd. In the deep of the night, the more adventurous men vented a year’s-worth of steam by gathering in nearby woods to have “blind-fights.” These skirmishes in the dark often resulted in injury but never in hard feelings as the participants were careful not to disclose their identities. The next afternoon (the morning being spent coping with hangovers and black-eyes), each Tre-manner household bought or built a brand new chair and, ritually planting their buttocks into it, hoped for comfort and ease in the coming year.
New Year Recipes: Beer-Battered Eggplant Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté Mushroom Duck Tarts Spiced Pomegranate Cider
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