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FIREWORKS FOR NOWRUZ

WHAT: IRANIAN NEW YEAR
WHY: CELEBRATION FIREWORKS
WHERE: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, HIGHFIELD CAMPUS
WHEN: 13TH MARCH 2018 – 6PM – 10PM (TODAY)

The people of Southampton are in for a treat this evening in the form of a firework display in celebration of the coming Nowruz (Iranian new year) celebrations. Nowruz has become an internationally celebrated event, particularly in areas where large numbers of Iranian families have settled.

Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years and today, more than 190 million people worldwide join in the festivities. This faith pre-dates Islam and Christianity.

It is essentially a Spring festival during which Iranian people celebrate the start of the growing season when the day and night are almost equal.

In the homes of the Iranian, there are certain traditions which must be observed during Nowruz to ensure a rich harvest in the coming Autumn. They prepare a Haft-Seen which is a table laden with 7 special items which represent the new season and the new year. Here are the items in Iranian, their English equivalent and what each item represents:

SEEB – APPLE – BEAUTY
SEER – GARLIC – GOOD HEALTH
SERKAH – DRY WINE/VINEGAR – PATIENCE
SONBOL – HYACINTH – SPRING
SAMANU – PUDDING – FERTILITY
SABZEH – SPROUTS (LIKE BEAN SPROUTS) – REBIRTH
SEKEH – COINS/MONEY – PROSPERITY

Khoneh Takoon literally translates as shaking of the house which is another expression of spring cleaning and like the Chinese spring festival counterparts, there are special foods and activities like fire jumping which help to burn off the bad energy of the old year before starting the new.

Festivities for the new year start this year on 20th March with their new years day on 21st March when they jump over fires, visit family and friends, often for very short spaces of time to ensure that they get to see and speak to as many friends and family as possible
This evening, the local Iranian association will begin their celebrations, in the middle of their adopted community. Get along to the University campus to show your support for this free event.

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RINGING IN 2018 WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD

RINGING IN 2018 WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD

The UK fireworks were of course beautiful but how did the rest of them do? Of course, being in the Northern Hemisphere and a good 12 hours plus behind in reaching the magical midnight hour, we thought you might enjoy a bit of a run down of some of the best and worst fireworks for New Year from the rest of the World.

Here is a quick look around the world as it happened:

NEW ZEALAND – The first up of the big display specialists is usually New Zealand. The launch site for the majority of their pyro is from the iconic Sky Tower which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. The display was under the control of 6 specialist pyrotechnicians who took 350 hours to set up on site. There were 3000 shots fired during the 6 minute show and a really pretty laser countdown but I have seen many awesome displays both from around the world and of course closer to home for celebrations but before 30,000 visitors, it was, in my opinion a little lacklustre.

AUSTRALIA – There was a countdown in the centre of the bridge which was truly captivating, and the fireworks were nothing short of breath-taking. Clean, crisp, precise and lots and lots of pyro going up with some MASSIVE ghost shells.

Although the firing sites were widely spread (bearing in mind that Sydney Harbour is 55km squared) there was still a level of symmetry that some of the other countries could learn a thing or two from. Lengthy, beautiful and above all a magical welcome to 2018 from Australia.

SOUTH KOREA – This beautiful little country had just a small smattering of pyrotechnics, launched from the Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the world.

NORTH KOREA – Now to the other end of the spectrum, the fireworks for the capital Pyongyang were very good indeed. This has to be one of the most talked about countries in the World at the moment and the leader is nothing short of crackers but the fireworks provided some much needed joy for the gathered crowds and were surprisingly understated, precise and actually very pretty indeed.

HONG KONG – The display in Victoria Harbour is sponsored by the Hong Kong tourism board and of course being the home of fireworks great things were expected. It started out as a number have this year with as laser show. When the midnight hour struck, there was a rousing sing along to auld lang syne.

The pyrotechnics were beautiful and at the outset all was precise and symmetrical but after a while it was just pure mayhem with all manner of effects being launched randomly at the same time. It was reported that the fireworks were the responsibility of a European firework specialist which appeared a little odd, given the location. Whilst it most certainly brought the new year in with a huge bang, it was not uniform enough for my personal taste so it is not amongst my favourites.

BANGLADESH – Given the economy of the country, nationally sponsored fireworks are quite probably very low on the list but Bangladeshi’s have a never say die attitude. New Years eve was an event which displayed their spirit and warm appreciation as they set off what looked like a couple of dozen of our big rockets to loud and rapturous applause.

INDIA – The site for the New Year celebrations in India was the All India War Memorial (AKA India Gate), built in memory of all the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in WW1.

The display started with a laser show projected onto the facia of the memorial and showed images of their sacred animals, the mountains and of course all the beautiful colours of India. The familiar sound of Dholi drums can be heard throughout along with spontaneous applause. Titanium salutes followed by slow falling bright white comets lit up the gate before huge shell bursts filled the skies with a crescendo of explosions – lovely!

MOSCOW – There are few prettier places to see than Moscow’s Red Square and the stunning St Basils Cathedral. The fireworks were beautiful and clearly from the sound of the partying and merrymaking, a good night was had by one and all. Absolutely stunning shell breaks but they were only launching for around 5 minutes but the end brocades of falling golden willows was awesome and no smoke!

GERMANY – The site for the celebrations over in Germany was the infamous Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The gate has seen its fair share of worrisome historical events as well as the scene of massive change and hope following the unification of Germany in 1989. Today, the Brandenburg Gate is seen as the centre of peace and unity of the people of Germany and Europe.

The pyro was rich and varied and most certainly more impressive than some of the bigger countries with more than just the usual spherical shell breaks making for an entertaining display. The site was easy enough as it is at the bottom of a straight avenue and the structure of course, square which lends itself better to achieving a beauty and symmetry difficult in other countries. Well done Germany – lovely display.

A great start to 2018 and a very Happy New Year to everyone.

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London Fireworks 2018 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Big Ben rang out for the last time in 2017 as it welcomed in another New Year.

The fireworks were the responsibility of Titanium Fireworks who have been in control of the London NYE pyrotechnics for a number of years now. On what was a challenging site to fire from and weather that would have tested the most hardy of technicians, they did at least get no dark sky moments but it did look as if the high winds had affected the choices made for the finale as it was not as big as we usually see. The lasers were lovely but they did make some of the sections appear to be even smokier than perhaps they might have been.

As the clock struck 12, all the revellers in and around London were waiting with bated breath to see the fireworks. The theme was all about celebrating women and the live performances leading up to the fireworks were by some of the biggest female names in the music industry, but the actual tracks used for the fireworks were almost all male?

All in all, better than the rest of the World (as usual).

Since it’s installation in 1859, this is the 158th year the bell, housed in the Elizabeth Tower has been rung to celebrate the arrival of another New Year but this is only the second time since August the bell has been heard whilst it is out of commission for essential repairs both to the Great Westminster Clock face and the tower housing the bells. This is to make it more accessible (putting in lifts) and maintain it for future generations.

The work is set to take around 4 years but the cost has already risen massively from the original cost of around £29 million to now £61 million. The bells will remain silent now (providing there are no major national events) until Remembrance Sunday 2018.

We would like to wish all our customers a very happy and prosperous New Year 2018 and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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