Eid Ul Fitr

Epic Fireworks have been proud suppliers of Eid fireworks for many years now, having lived and operated out of Bradford for almost 20 years before our move to South Yorkshire in 2010.

Ramadan (the feast of fasting) runs this year from June 29th time those who follow the Muslim Faith must follow the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

During the 30 days of Ramadan, all adult Muslims must give up the following things during the hours of daylight:

• Food or drink of any sort

• Smoking, including passive smoking

• Sexual activity

Over in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai have held a HUGE fireworks display annually to celebrate the end of Ramadan and have a huge number of things to happening around the City.

London has a special event happening 2 August 2014, which will have some fabulous events for kids and families including fireworks.

Music and performance aside, the Eid London festival will also boast some delicious Eid food plus displays about Islam in Trafalgar Square, making for an event packed day of festivity for kids and adults alike. A chance to enjoy and to appreciate all aspects of Islamic art and culture, the Eid festival is sure to be another brilliant day of celebration in the square.

Whatever your personal religious beliefs or convictions, I am sure you will join us in wishing Eid Mubarak to everyone in Bradford, Leeds, London and Birmingham and other cities around the UK joining in the celebrations.

If you are having a party and would like to include some fireworks, come along to see us. We are open 7-days a week, 362 days of the year and will certainly have something to suit every pocket.

Festival Of Light Fireworks 2014

WHAT: The Honda Celebration of Light 2014
WHERE: English Bay, Vancouver
WHEN: 26th and 30th July and 2nd August
COST: FREE (we like this word :))

The organisers of the Festival of Light fireworks festival have very kindly added some details not available to us at the time of our last blog post so here you go.

Vancouver, British Columbia announces that the day before each of the competitive firework displays, representatives from the Media will be given permission to go on board the barge being set up by the professional teams for a tour around and to gain the opportunity to interview the person responsible for the production and design of the display along with a team rep.

The competing teams are:

TEAM USA – Pyrotecnico
TEAM FRANCE – F.C. Pyro
TEAM JAPAN – Akariya Fireworks

As the largest public gathering in British Columbia, the fireworks festival attracts over 1 million visitors over 3 days and generates over $40 million in economic activity for businesses in Vancouver.

After being named Best Public Entertainment in Canada in 2012, The Honda Celebration of Light received additional national prizes, including Best Festival at the Canadian Special Event Awards in Toronto, and Gold at the Sponsorship Marketing Awards in Edmonton.

“The Honda Celebration of Light delights thousands of British Colombians and visitors with an entertaining combination of creative fireworks and great music,” said B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes. “Vancouver will light up the sky again this year like no other city in Canada.”

“We strive to offer a world-class event that invites families from BC, Canada and the world,” said Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society Chair Hon. John D. Reynolds. “Support from all of our sponsors, including the Province of British Columbia and The City of Vancouver allows us to continue this vision and build additional content for festival-goers.”

This year’s Honda Celebration of Light will be held on July 26, July 31 and August 2, featuring pyrotechnic teams from the US, France and Japan. The free SHOREFEST music festival presented by LG104.3 held in English Bay and Sunset Beach will see performances by 54-40, The Sheepdogs, The Odds and over a dozen other performers. Limited tickets to the all-ages, licensed YVR Observation Deck at English Bay are still available. For full details go to: www.hondacelebrationoflight.com

THE 20TH COMMONWEALTH GAMES GLASGOW 2014

What: Commonwealth Games 2014
Where: Celtic Park, Glasgow
When: 23rd July 2014 – 4th August 2014

Over 40,000 spectators will shortly be taking their seats for one of the biggest events Scotland has ever seen.

With the TV coverage reaching another billion watchers, already the 20th Commonwealth Games has been at the centre of some controversy, after a plan was launched to blow up five of the remaining six red road tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony using a massive 2755 pounds of high explosive was quashed after an online petition to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the 1960s style accommodation attracted thousands to sign up to keep the iconic skyline.

Over the next 40 days, 6500 athletes from 71 nations will battle it out while onlookers on site will be able to get a clear view of the games on Europe’s biggest TV screen. Weighing in at a gargantuan 38 tonnes, the 100 metre wide-screen, covering a whopping 1020 square metres, it is sure to bring all concerned closer to the action. The “window on the world”, as it has been dubbed, will connect the games, the people of the city and the commonwealth together, although just how this will happen is being kept firmly under wraps. David Zolwer Head of ceremonies and artistic director who has been overseeing rehearsals is keeping shtum, adding to the building anticipation.

What is the Commonwealth?

The Commonwealth is a voluntary intergovernmental association of 53 member states formed in 1949 which have been either directly or indirectly ruled by Great Britain or our Monarch at some point.

Queen Elizabeth II remains the reigning monarch for sixteen of the members, five members having their own monarch with the remainder being republics, each having a common language, history, culture, democracy and human rights.

But let’s face it, it’s the fireworks we are interested in but even with our contacts in the industry we know very little about the pyro that will be fired, such is the secrecy concerned with this event. The little information we have been made aware of, we dare not mention at this point or “heads will roll”.

Here is a clip of the last Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi just to give you an idea of what to expect.

We hope all the competitors perform to the best of their abilities and Good Luck to everyone concerned

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