Fireworks around the world
Nicely timed to make us feel less bad about the evenings setting in earlier, Fireworks Night is one of our faves on the annual calendar of UK events.
Childhood memories of watching huge colours burst and sparkle in the sky is something that one rarely forgets – and that spectacle never loses its charm. It almost makes us glad that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament.
That said, across the globe, other countries have different celebrations for which they employ some incredible displays, in addition to New Year’s Eve.
So if you need your fireworks fix throughout the year, the Flexicover team offers some info on when other countries turn their skies into colourful canvases on an annual basis.
Given that Chinese New Year is so well-celebrated it’s no surprise that it’s the most significant time to enjoy firework displays in China. Along with the ringing of bells across the country at the stroke of midnight, fireworks are believed to drive away bad spirits from the New Year – with the next one falling on 28 January 2017 - and it’s a happy coincidence that both are celebratory sounds too. Ever since fireworks were invented in the country, the Chinese have increased their gusto for it to such an extent that the booms that accompany the shows are some of the world’s loudest – so bring earplugs!
If fireworks really are your thing, you’ll want to get to the Montreal Fireworks Festival, the annual competition for the fireworks industry. Since its inception in 1985 it’s grown to become a major date for those in the biz, as well as fans eager to see displays at their most innovative. Running twice a week between June and August, pyrotechnics companies from different countries present a 30-minute pyromusical show to win gold, silver or bronze Jupiter trophies, with around 6,000 fireworks exploding at each show. You can buy a seated ticket for a spot at the heart of the action, or you can get a fab view too on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which is closed to traffic during the event.
Not a nation to miss out on an opportunity to have fun, Ireland has taken to holding fireworks displays at Hallowe’en as part of the overall revelry. Hallowe’en is a huge deal in Ireland: with everyone dressing up and either going to a house party, club or bar to show off their elaborate and imaginative costumes. Trick or treating is common too for younger ones. Alongside this, unofficial fireworks take place all over the country – a huge amount of them seeing as they’re illegal. As there are often no official displays, set up camp somewhere that shows the city skyline. Walk up to Patrick’s Hill for expansive views of Cork, or to enjoy Dublin fireworks while sipping on delicious cocktails, try The Marker Hotel’s lavish rooftop bar.
Often falling around the same time as when we ‘Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot’ is Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. As the festival is based around the idea and representation that light conquers dark, it’s only right that fireworks play a central role in the celebrations. The sound too, is seen as a manifestation of the joy and gratitude to God, with many believing it hears the echoes from up above. There’s a useful side benefit to the fireworks too: the fumes and sounds are said to kill mosquitoes, which breed in huge numbers after the monsoon.
United States of America
We can’t go without mentioning the fourth of July, a national holiday that’s synonymous with fireworks, especially of the red, white and blue variety. On their Independence Day in 1776, celebrations included gunshots firing and bonfires. It soon became a local competition to see who could build the tallest bonfire (fittingly, the highest recorded was in Salem, Massachusetts, the town remembered for executing 19 people for witchcraft). But since fireworks have become widespread, they’ve now become the main way to illuminate the country on July 4.
Wherever you fancy heading to over the coming months it’s good to know that Flexicover is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.