Carbide shooting is done on New Year’s Eve. The year is ‘banged out’. Particularly boys find it ‘cool’ to produce loud bangs with an old milk churn. In the run-up to the new year groups of friends gather to prepare for the carbide shooting together. This is accompanied by a lot of conviviality, excitement and fun. For carbide shooting a little carbide is put in a milk churn. The milk churn is placed on a frame, the opening pointing in a certain upward angle. This keeps the churn steady and prevents it from being launched backwards by the force of the explosion. The carbide is wetted a bit and the churn closed off with a synthetic ball. A gas is produced in the churn. Then a little flame is held at a tiny hole in the churn. The result is an explosion, shooting the ball many yards away. The strength of the bang also depends on the duration of the gas forming. There are villages where churns are lined up and the shooting is carefully planned. Carbide shooting is done individually or competition wise at locations determined by laws and regulations. There are rules for competitions. The one with the most yards is crowned as winner, a title of honour that he or she may wear for a year. For the participants ‘being there’ is important, as well as the relaxed social atmosphere. Enjoying traditional snacks and drinks (pea soup, deep-fried dough balls and carbitter), the attendants celebrate a beautiful New Year’s Eve together.