Whether you enjoy a toffee apple watching the Catherine wheels or roasting marshmallows on a traditional bonfire, there’s no denying that November 5th is a stunning spectacle, but it’s not just we Brits who enjoy a stunning pyrotechnic performance. For centuries, the world has been fascinated by fireworks and they are, of course synonymous with celebration. Our expert Travel Consultants have compiled a colourful collection of their favourite firework-filled festivities.
Fireworks were first used for celebrations in 7th Century China, where it was believed the infused gunpowder could exorcise evil spirits and invite luck and happiness. Fireworks form a key aspect of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, where red and gold feature heavily to represent good fortune, health and wealth.
On November 9th, Singapore celebrates independence from Malaysia with vibrant festivities that culminate in several striking firework displays throughout the country. Most people choose to gather at the harbour, where the technicolour performance is particularly impressive, set to a pitch-black backdrop over the inky Singapore strait. The event organisers are so dedicated to the cause, they rehearse the whole event, complete with fireworks, the day before, making for a two-day extravaganza of colour and sound.
Jubilant in January
Most people believe that New Year’s Eve in Sydney is the climax of the annual Australian celebrations, however, just a few weeks later, on January 26th , the fireworks are reignited for an equally impressive event across the nation. Australia Day is the national holiday and all major cities showcase electrifying firework displays to represent Australia’s bright, vibrant and convivial culture to full effect.
The Best in Show
The Kentucky Derby is the eponymous state’s largest national event, generating mass tourism and placing the sporting spotlight firmly on America’s south. Ahead of the official race meeting, an opening ceremony known as ‘Thunder Over Louisville’ takes place each May. The awe-inspiring event has since become the United States’ largest firework display, attracting over 650,000 spectators each year.
Illuminating Independence Day
Another of America’s firework bonanzas takes place just a few months later in July. Independence Day, on 4th July, holds sentimental significance for generations of America, and the firework displays that take place across the nation reflect this passion with gusto.
What better way to celebrate the Festival of Light than by filling the sky with brightly coloured fireworks? In India, Diwali is a cornerstone of the calendar with streets, homes and workplaces bathed in light to represent the Hindu tradition of light banishing darkness and good triumphing over evil. The celebratory nature of fireworks perfectly encapsulate Diwali’s sentiment of light being joyful and fortuitous.
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