Guy Fawkes’ night is the night when the skies of the United Kingdom are typically filled with light. But there are plenty of other celebrations across the world that have impressive fireworks as their central feature.
We’re not certain how fireworks came to be invented, however, most experts agree that the unidentified inventor was from China more than two thousand years ago. As the Chinese began to use green bamboo in rituals of worship, people would throw pieces of bamboo onto an open fire. What they didn’t expect was that, when the bamboo began to burn, it exploded with an intense sound. They believed that the sound made spirits fearful and they were used on various happy occasions to keep evil at bay. So the concept of a modern firework was conceived. After a few years, with gunpowder’s brighter and more powerful light and sounds, it was quickly replacing the bamboo method that was used for centuries.
Fireworks have evolved to become a crowd-pleasing way to commemorate special events in the modern day such as religious celebrations or military victories, weddings, and other weddings. Here are a few more celebrations that you might or may not be aware of to give you an insight into how fireworks are used across the world…
On the 4th July each year, the citizens of America celebrate their independence. USA celebrate their freedom of the British Empire in 1776. Fireworks illuminate the skies all the way from New York to Las Vegas and even at Niagara Falls. Following the show it is concluded with barbecues among family members and friends.
During the month of August, Japan celebrates its historic traditions through the art of fireworks and pyrotechnics. Sold on the street in massive quantities, a lot of people dress in traditional costumes from the days in the past and take part in displays in the city nearest to them. The Japanese have done this since the 18th century, and the competition has gotten more fierce in recent years to put on the best displays, perhaps the most impressive display can be seen in Tokyo by Sumida River. Sumida River.
Bringing communities together
The ‘Festival of Lights’ celebrated as Diwali in India as well as other Indian communities around the globe takes place between October and November each year to create a dramatic impact. The idea is that patterns appear across the sky and include many different colors and explosions. Clay pots with candles inside are left outside each home throughout the festival in order to keep away evil spirits. Bonfires are also lit all over the nation for the same purpose.
Singapore has been hosting fireworks since in 2004 in the hope to mark its heritage and showcasing its values as a nation. This event takes place within Marina Bay, thousands of tourists attend each year simply to view the fireworks from their hotel rooms!
A significant aspect of ‘taking part in’ Christmas in South American countries includes playing with small firecrackers along the streets known as ‘little volcanoes’ or sparklers often referred to as ‘little stars’. Also, light fountains are created in local villages made of huge collections of “little stars”. Roman candles can be lit across these countries while eating turkey sandwiches and pineapple juice in the evening.
The Muslim holiday during Eid Al Adha, signifying the conclusion of Ramadan usually involves numerous fireworks shows across the world. The best displays is often seen in Dubai where nine fireworks were created simultaneously this year, an feat which was not thought of before.
Happy New Year!
Hong Kong, China and Chinatowns across the world, celebrate 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, this usually coincides with the beautiful annual Lantern Festivals. Thousands are released into the sky.
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