I’ve always loved fireworks. They paint the dark sky in bright neon colours and can make a huge bang that gets your heart racing. No doubt this year in November I will be standing in the cold on Guy Fawkes Night which is a celebration in my country. I will probably be holding a nice hot chocolate in one hand and a toffee apple in the other going “ooohh” and “ahhh” at the many fireworks being let off into the sky and I can’t wait.

Fireworks dates back to the 7th century and originated in China. The Chinese developed many different kinds of fireworks with a variety of effects and colour. The art and science of firework making developed into an independent profession. In China, pyrotechnicians were respected for their knowledge of complex techniques in mounting firework displays.

America’s earliest settlers brought their enthusiasm for fireworks to the United States. Fireworks and black ash were used to celebrate important events long before the American Revolutionary War. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether the new nation would survive the war; fireworks were a part of all festivities.

One of the biggest occasions for fireworks in the UK is Guy Fawkes Night held each year on 5 November, while the biggest in Northern Ireland takes place at Halloween. Guy Fawkes Night is a celebration of the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605, an attempt to kill King James I.

In Ireland (both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), during the Halloween season, there are many fireworks displays. The largest are in the cities of Belfast, Derry and Dublin. In 2010, the Halloween fireworks display in Derry captivated an audience of over 20,000 people.

During the summer in Japan, fireworks festivals (花火大会 hanabi taikai?) are held nearly every day someplace in the country, in total numbering more than 200 during August. The festivals consist of large fireworks shows, the largest of which use between 100,000 and 120,000 rounds (Tondabayashi, Osaka), and can attract more than 800,000 spectators.

Take a look at these spectacular photographs of fireworks captured around the world.

Fireworks – Vodou Blue

 

Fireworks – SJ Photography

 

 

San Francisco, Fireworks – Alierturk

 

Tsuchiura fireworks #9 – Nipomen 2

 

Fireworks – Chalee-80

 

Fireworks #1 – Cameraslayer

 

Mark Twain Fireworks #4 – WJMcintosh

 

Fireworks – Semuthutan

 

 

Blackpool FireworksLaimonas-Stasiulis

 

Fireworks – Bayasaa

 

Fireworks on the Pier – Niv24

 

Marina Bay New Year 2009 Fireworks – Steve & Siewmei

 

Purple Fireworks – Kil1k

 

Disney Fireworks Take 1 –  Otaru 23

 

Daynight – Fabyetto82

 

Fireworks – PC Burger

 

Fireworks Festival 5 – MatthewCasha

 

Fireworks Extravaganza – Shooter1970

 

Volksfest HDR Fireworks Manip – EvrWccn

 

Fireworks – Alejandrou2

 

Fireworks – Rampant Gaffer

 

Fireworks – Idril Telemnar

Fireworks – GE Had

 

 

Fireworks 3 – Daxxe

 

Fireworks at Tytherington – Travelling Simon

 

Fireworks – DanielleCJ

 

Fireworks – Katie Harbath

 

 

Fireworks – SJ Photography

 

Fireworks.. – KMFiske13

 

British Musical Fireworks Championships, Southport 2011 – Michael Pointon

 

Fireworks – Jeff Golden

 

Fireworks – SGReso

Fireworks – Guus Krol

 

Fireworks – George L Smyth

 

Hometown Fireworks 04 – Melted Squirrel

 

Adachi No Hanabi – Planet 110

 

British Musical Fireworks Championships, Southport 2011 – Michael Pointon

 

St Mary’s Fireworks – Mario Cassar

 

Canada Day Fireworks No 6 – T-Hip

 

Fireworks – Abrahams-David

 

Disney Fireworks – xheartsandcircesx

About Anjelica

Anjelica De Alexandris has written 73 post on web design mash.

Anjelica De Alexandris is a designer, design fan and researcher based in the South West, United Kingdom. Anjelica considers herself to eat and sleep design and loves her Mac to bits. Anjelica writes for numerous design blogs including Web Design Mash (Author and Editor throughout 2010), Rez, Design is Dead and Blog of Francesco Mugnai.



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