Nothing defines Chinese New Year like fireworks. On the stroke of midnight, Beijing erupts in a riotous, deafening barrage of explosions that out-bangs any war zone.
This year's celebration, though, will carry ugly undertones of real war in the midst of rising tensions with neighboring Japan. On sale on the city's streets in advance of Saturday night's festivities is a box of pyrotechnics called "Tokyo Explosion."
Most fireworks here bear more benign names. "Golden Snakes Dancing Crazily" is expected to be popular, as Chinese welcome in the Year of the Snake. "Wish You Get Rich" and "Billionaire" play to traditional desires.
But some manufacturers are seeking to profit from a seething undercurrent of anti-Japanese sentiment that has bubbled to the surface as a dispute with Japan over ownership of a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea grows increasingly bitter.
"I Love the Diaoyu Islands" is one such product, referring to the Chinese name for the islands. In Japan they are known as the Senkakus.
"Aircraft Carrier Shows China's Might" is another, celebrating the October 2012 launch of the Liaoning, China's first carrier, which has become a symbol of Beijing's growing military strength.