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FEAST OF WALPURGIS

WHAT: WALPURGIS NIGHT
WHEN: MONDAY 30TH APRIL – TUESDAY 1ST MAY 2018
WHERE: THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE

Walpurgis Night is celebrated mainly in the countries of Germany, Finland, and Sweden. There are slightly different versions of the holiday celebrated in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovenia, Latvia, and Lithuania but whatever the differences, the celebrations on these 2 days always include some of our favorite things here at Epic, dancing, bonfires and finally fireworks.

Walpurgis bonfire in Hittarp last night

The celebration of Walpurgis is in celebration of St Walburga who was a Christian Missionary from 710 AD who had studied medicine and was the daughter of St Richard the King from Devonshire. She is thought to have been responsible for ridding the area of pest, rabies and whooping cough as well as witches.

The reason why this is celebrated in this way is down to the fact that all the locals were very superstitious that all the evil spirits in the world would stir up trouble and visit the land before the spring season arrived. To avoid this happening, the locals believed that by covering the houses in sprigs of foliage, sprinkling holy water in and outside their homes, along with lighting fires and setting off fireworks at dusk they would keep the evil spirits at bay and give them a fresh start and a prosperous harvest. The locals decided that the best way to keep evil at bay was to make noise. Bells would ring out, people would bang on drums, planks of wood would be beaten on the floors or any kind of noise created so the evil would stay away. As time went by, firearms would be used instead and they would fire shots into the sky. Gradually fireworks were introduced for a more frequent, loud and long-lasting noise.

Walpurgis Night

Bonfires also played a big part and a lot of the bonfires were controlled by the municipalities in the towns and cities, these huge structures were created from all the spring cleaning that had taken place across the villages, and when lit at dusk gave a warm glow to the sky. Any space that wasn’t filled were left to the fireworks filling the air with spectacular colours and noise all around.

Just remember if you get invited to a bonfire party over this weekend, don’t be confused, look at it like its another date in your diary to enjoy bonfires, fireworks, and everything Walpurgis.

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CINCO DE MAYO

WHAT: CINCO DE MAYO
WHY: MEXICAN CELEBRATION DAY
WHERE: PUEBLO, MEXICO AND CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD TODAY
WHEN: SATURDAY 5TH MAY 2018

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration which acknowledges the victory of the Mexican Army against the French during the Franco-Mexican war.  Back in 1861, Mexico’s leader was forced to admit that the country was too poor to pay their debts to Europe, resulting in the French deciding to occupy and make it French territory.  However, the people of Pueblo had other ideas and despite being outnumbered 2-1, on 5th My 1862, they gave the French a thrashing, sending them packing and General Zaragoza retook power.

Today, Mexicans celebrate their heritage with food, mariachi bands, parades, parties, dancing and of course Tequila, Mezcal and Margarita.  They even have a special dish which is considered one of the staples Mole Poblano which is a very sophisticated sauce with more than 35 ingredients giving it a complexity of flavours that few other foods can even come close to.

Cinco de Mayo Firework Celebration

There are also lots of fireworks to be seen around about to be seen and thoroughly enjoyed.

This will also be a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK and of course, we will all be outside, cleaning and firing up the old BBQ and having a few with friends and family.  If you are celebrating something special, why not include fireworks.

If you are not sure, why not check out some of our new compound cakes.  These are fantastic as they are like a little show in a box and provided you can achieve the 25m safety distance, will be ideal.  This is my absolute favorite; a full 2-minute display cake called Global Thunder:

If you are having a celebration for any reason, getting married, engaged, special birthday or anniversary, and you do wish to include fireworks, why not either call us or pop into see us in Tankersley and we will help you make it that much more special.

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Dr Thrust

Dr. Thrust by Epic Fireworks.

The 25 shot 1.3G range of fireworks is exceptional, perhaps the most popular barrage is the Dr Thrust.

Epic Fireworks - Dr Thrust

This firework begins with quick fired loud purple and blue mines which compliment the high bursting peonies, overlapping with strobing crackles and green glitter. Ending in large silver fizzing UFO’s, which break into large silver peonies.

Making The Dr Thrust In China #EpicFireworks

Dr. Thrust is a terrific value small single ignition firework with 25 shots, with five different effects fired in turn. This one was reviewed in Front magazine in October 2010 and the boys at the publication house had a great time firing this one off.

No. of Shots: 25
Approx Firework Duration: 40 Sec
Firework Dimensions: 12cm x 12cm 12cm
Bore Size: 18mm
Noise Rating: 7/10
Fireworks Classification: 1.3G
Safety Distance: 8 Metres
Vertical or Fan: Vertical

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