Fireworks and celebrations

FireworksFireworks have been associated with celebrations and the marking of special events in many cultures, faiths and countries for hundreds of years.

While historically the 5th of November was a time for fireworks and bonfires in the UK they are now used to celebrate a wider range of events throughout the year.

Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights, which extends over five days, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.  Fireworks are an integral part of the celebrations.  Diwali starts on the 17th of October in 2009

Eid is a time for great celebration by Muslims worldwide and fireworks are part of the celebrations - usually on the first day of Eid which fell on  21st Sept. in 2009.

In Chinese cultures fireworks are used to celebrate the New Year, weddings, births and religious festivals.  Chinese New Year falls on the 14th of February 2010.