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Taipei 101 New Year Fireworks 2013

Taipei 101 New Year Fireworks 2013

Fireworks in Taiwan: Taipei 101 New Year Fireworks 2013 

Some of you may be aware that we have just returned from China where we were sourcing new products for the 2013 season.

Over the years as you can imagine we have built up close personal relationships with some of the agents and factory personnel over the years to such a degree that a number of them came over to the UK in August to join in the family wedding celebrations.

Taipei 101 New Year Fireworks 2013

It is always a pleasure to see them again and this time, having arrived a couple of days into the New Year we were surprised to learn that our friend and colleague had actually visited Taiwan to see the fireworks from Tai Pei 101 which was the World’s tallest building from its erection in 2004 until January 2010 when the Burj Khalifa was opened in Dubai.

Taipei 101 New Year Fireworks 2013

Having friends in the industry does pay dividends when John, partner of one of our agents was given the opportunity to see first hand the work in progress. Launching from a 509-meter high building was never going to be an easy task but innovations in the creation of a computer ‘mock-up’ of the display showed how the anticipated display would be in reality. Having been fortunate enough to see both the computer-generated imagery and the real thing as filmed by John we have to say that the firers are true artists. The colours were truly spectacular looking at times like a giant Christmas Tree with the most graceful falling stars.

Groupe F really should be commended for their work as they also did the display for the Burg Khalifa in Dubai too.

A total of 22,0000 fireworks formed the display and as previously outlined, the Tai Pei 101 is very environmentally friendly and as a result of the carbon emissions being sent skywards, they will also turn off lighting on the building for 6-days following the event to save the equivalent of 7600kw of electricity.

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Have An Epic Chinese New Year 2013

Chinese New Year fireworks

The Chinese New Year, also referred to as ‘Spring Festival’ takes place within the first couple of months of the Gregorian calendar and is meant to signify the end of the Winter and the welcoming of the Spring.

After all the Christmas decorations have been taken down, the house is cleaned thoroughly in preparation for the Chinese New Year. Once cleaned, the house is decorated with brightly coloured lanterns, cherry blossoms, orange trees and lots and lots of red all around. In the run-up to the Chinese New Year, classic Spring Festival music is played all around in public places. The most popular is the sound of traditional bowed stringed instruments like the Erhu and Gaohu.

The most important facet of the Chinese New Year celebrations for families across China is the reunion dinner held on New Year’s Eve. All the family from children to grandparents, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces traditionally all gather together at either the parent’s house or the eldest brother’s home. Nowadays, they sometimes gather in a top class restaurant.

A typically very lavish affair, dinner will include a multitude of courses which include Chicken, Pork and Fish.

In Malaysia, the dinner will begin with a traditional raw fish salad which everyone will toss with chopsticks and it is said that the higher the salad goes, the more fortunes will grow in the coming year.

The giving of gifts is extremely important and most commonly will include boxes of oranges or a live orange tree. If you are a child, elderly relative or a single adult, you will expect to receive ANG POH. These are the little red envelopes featured in a certain bank’s advertising campaign which will contain a crisp new bank-note. A child of a large family with lots of aunties and uncles could potentially receive a great deal of money from their little red envelopes.

The Chinese New Year festivities continue for 15 days and culminate in Chap Goh Mei (meaning 15th night) and again will be celebrated with a family meal and music in a similar vein to the reunion dinner on Chinese New Year.

Legend has it that the Chinese New Year celebrations started with a fight against mythical beast the Nian who was said to come out at New Year to eat the livestock, crops and even unsuspecting villagers. However, Nian came across a child wearing red and fled into the night. The villagers determined that Nian must be afraid of the colour red and thereafter, as New Year approached the villagers would hang red lanterns and red scrolls and light firecrackers to drive Nian out of town.

During the run-up to the holiday, all the open air markets across China are packed with home-makers stocking up on gifts, material, flowers, toys and of course fireworks.

China is, of course, synonymous with fireworks so it is no surprise that the celebrations will include pyro of every kind. Of course, they will be bright, loud and often red in colour to continue the tradition of ensuring that Nian does not return. Firecrackers have been banned in some more built up areas for safety reason at one time or another but some have since relaxed the ban in more rural areas.

Flowers, which play an integral part in the Chinese New Year celebrations also have special meaning:

Plum blossom – lucky
Kumquat and Narcissus – prosperity
Sunflower – a good year
Aubergine blossom – heals sickness
Chom Mon Plant – tranquillity.

2013 is the Year of the Snake.

For now, gěi nǐ bài nián 给你拜年。 which means, Happy New Year to you.


A Safer Firework Festival Is The Order Of The Day

All participants in the 2013 Mechanical Ground Fireworks festival in Floriana, Malta is locally known as “Nar ta’ l-Art”, have been told that the firework flames MUST be contained to avoid any further accidents.

Ground fireworks are a unique Maltese pyrotechnic tradition, and since the festival will be held on the eve of Floriana’s Parish Feast, those who attend the festival will also get a taste of the lavish local festivities which are a hallmark of Maltese Fiestas. The Festival will be held in the largest square in Malta.

In 2009, a young man was injured when a flame from a misfired Catherine wheel hit him in the face.  However, event organisers have assured the public that every safety measure will be taken to ensure crowd safety by keeping them at a safe distance.

The new regulations state that the displays must be built in a way that ensures that flares from fireworks will not be emitted outwards.

The 2013 Festival, being held in April will feature competing teams from around the World and will last around an hour and a half.  Each team will present 2 displays in the hope of becoming Mechanical Champions.

There will also be a unique situation when 25% of the score will be allotted by representatives of the competing teams themselves and the remainder of the score will be established by the panel of experts from around the World.

I am sure that if there is sufficient distance between the action and the crowd that there will be little chance of injury being sustained again and this remains a free event which can be enjoyed by all the family.

The categories for the competition include the best use of gears/chains and least used, originality, best mechanism and best products.