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Fireworks celebrations around the world

Guy Fawkes Night is the night when the skies of the United Kingdom are typically filled with light. There are however a variety of other celebrations across the globe that feature stunning fireworks as their main event.

We’re not sure exactly the origins of fireworks, however, most experts believe that the elusive inventor was from China over two thousand years ago. When the Chinese began to employ green bamboo for religious ceremonies, they would throw pieces of it over the fire. They didn’t realize that once the bamboo was burned and exploded, it made an intense sound. The sound would make the spirits of evil fearful, and thus they used them at many happy occasions to deter evil. This is how the concept for the modern firework was discovered. Later, thanks to the brighter glow of gunpowder and its louder sound, it quickly replaced the traditional method of bamboo.

Fireworks have since evolved to become a popular way to celebrate special occasions in modern times such as religious celebrations as well as military victories and weddings. Here are just some other celebrations you might not be aware of to give you an idea of how fireworks are utilized all over the globe…
Declaring independence

Every 4th July of the year, people in America celebrate their independence. USA celebrate their freedom of the British Empire in 1776. The fireworks light up the sky all the way from New York to Las Vegas and even at Niagara Falls. Following the show the usual day ended with barbecues for family and friends.

Stories to tell

In August, the month in which fireworks are popular, Japan celebrates its historic tradition through firework displays and fireworks. They are sold on the streets in huge quantities, many people dress in traditional costumes from times past and visit displays in their city. The Japanese have been doing it since 1899, and the competition has increased in recent years to put on the most impressive displays. perhaps the most impressive display is at Tokyo on Sumida River. Sumida River.

Connecting communities

The “Festival of Lights,” also known as Diwali in India as well as other Indian communities around the world occurs in the months of October through November every year, with a stunning impact. The concept is that patterns are created by the night sky, encompassing various colours and fireworks. Clay pots that contain candles are placed outside every home during the celebration to deter evil spirits. Bonfires are also lit throughout the nation for the same reason.

Nation Building

Singapore started its fireworks show in 2004 as a means to commemorate its past and showcasing its values as a nation. The event is held at Marina Bay, thousands of people attend every year just to enjoy the show from their local hotel rooms!

Celebrating Christmas

A significant aspect of ‘taking part in the Christmas spirit’ during Christmas in South American countries includes playing with small firecrackers on the streets, referred to as “little volcanoes” or sparklers called ‘little stars’. Light fountains are also built in villages that are made from large numbers of these “little stars”. Roman candlelight is lit throughout these countries , accompanied by the turkey and pineapple juice in the evening.

A Religious Celebration

It is the Muslim festival that is Eid Al Adha, signifying the conclusion of Ramadan typically involves numerous fireworks shows across the world. The most spectacular of these is usually seen in Dubai where nine shows were coordinated simultaneously this year, an feat that was never imagined before.

Happy New Year!

Hong Kong, China and Chinatowns around the globe, celebrations of the Chinese New Year with tremendous display of yellow and red fireworks and colorful dragons weaving through the busy streets. Most often, it occurs on the first weekend in February, it usually falls with the enchanting annual Lantern Festivals, during which thousands of lanterns can be seen exploding to the skies.