When countries around the world need to commemorate or celebrate a certain national event, they invariably put on a dramatic and dazzling fireworks display. In addition to bringing everyone together, these spellbinding light shows are incredible to watch and hard to forget.
Although you might feel like recreating this kind of sight in your back garden by buying 55 shot fireworks at retailers like Tesco, the following displays should be on the bucket-list of every admirer of this traditional light show.
1. Australia Day, Sydney
Over the course of a month, Sydney plays hosts to two spectacular firework displays. As one of the first places to see in the New Year, several rockets take to the Sydney sky when the clock strikes midnight on 1st January. Then around three weeks later, the whole country comes together to salute Australia Day.
In Sydney Harbour on 26th January, a mesmerising fireworks display can be seen over the city’s iconic bridge, while beneath it a boat parade only adds to this momentous occasion.
2. Diwali, India
Otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is a five-day festival that grips the whole of India in mid-October/November. Although people will decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks, the biggest acts of celebration come in the form of amazing firework displays.
Fireworks are particularly prominent during Diwali because according to legend, locals set off their own explosions upon Prince Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he killed the demon Ravana.
3. Festa del Redentore, Venice
Originally, the Festa del Redentore took place to give thanks for the end of the plague in 1576, which killed around 50,000 people. But several centuries later it is still going strong and now features a superb fireworks display.
Even if you can’t find room on one of the balconies or gondolas in St Mark's Basin for an unrivalled view, you can join the crowds as they head to the city of Lido for the following morning’s sunrise.
4. Omagari National Fireworks Competition, Japan
If you are an ardent firework fan, then this exclusive annual competition should not be missed. On the fourth Saturday of August, 30 of Japan’s greatest firework experts are allowed to showcase their pyrotechnic talents.
As you may have already guessed, the choreographed displays are beyond compare. But together with the evening finale, the competition’s daytime event is also well worth witnessing.
5. Guy Fawkes Night, United Kingdom
On 5th November 1605, Guy Fawkes tried and failed in his “Gunpowder Plot” to blow up the House of Parliament. To keep this memory alive, towns and cities across the UK continue to burn effigies and light fireworks.
Notable displays can be found in Cardiff, Inverness, Derry, and Blackheath in London, but some rather unusual celebrations take place elsewhere. Men roll burning barrels of tar through Ottery St Mary in Devon, while a torch-lit procession of historic figures walk the streets of Battle, East Sussex.
If you love fireworks, any one of these celebrations would be a perfect place to indulge that love, the only problem of course, will be getting a sore neck from staring at