The fascination with fireworks is a common thread found in societies around the world. Nations of every cultural background celebrate vital aspects of their heritage with the enjoyment of pyrotechnic elements lighting up the sky. There is no better way to celebrate an important event than by igniting the night with spectacular pyrotechnic elements that surprise the audience with color, noise and other special effects. The “oohs” and “ahhs” coming from the crowd show the delight of all and set the stage for an awesome fireworks night.
All around the globe, many countries ring in the New Year on December 31st with wild and raucous celebrations. As the clock counts down to midnight, fireworks items are queued up to loudly usher in the fireworks night with a burst of color and noise. Australia has a widely viewed fireworks night that is seen around the world. This is because the country’s time zone makes them one of the very first to reach the New Year and celebrate with a fireworks night. Millions of people see the grand fireworks display lighting up the Sydney harbor and look forward to their own city’s pyro show later that evening.
Held in January or February, the Chinese New Year is celebrated in China and other countries that are home to a large Asian population. Part of this fireworks night is the brightly-colored dragon dance where men dressed in a spectacular costume dance through a parade with smoke coming out of the dragon costume’s nostrils – created with a smoke bomb, of course! Also at this fireworks night, firecrackers and other fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits and help usher a period of prosperity.
In India and countries with Hindu populations, a festival of lights called Diwali is celebrated for five full days, falling anywhere from mid-October to mid-November. During this time, families and communities come together to light lamps symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and celebrate the ritual with new clothes, sweet foods, parties and of course a memorable fireworks night.
In England, Guy Fawkes Day, more recently referred to as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night, began as a day of thanksgiving for a failed plot to assassinate King James I at the turn of the 17th century. Today, while much of the political and religious undertones of this fireworks night have faded away, the evening is still marked with large pyrotechnics displays and roaring bonfires in cities and towns across the nation.