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TURRIFF FIREWORKS 2018

WHAT: TURRIFF FIREWORKS 2018
WHY: CHARITY EVENT FEATURING FIREWORKS
WHEN: 17TH 19TH AND 20TH OCTOBER 2018
WHERE: TURRIFF, ABERDEENSHIRE
COST: FREE (BUT THE EVENT DEPENDS ON CHARITABLE DONATIONS SO DIG DEEP)

The event was established almost 30 years ago in support of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Urological Cancer care (UCAN) to raise much needed funds for this and other charitable organisations around the Aberdeenshire area.

The fireworks and the organisation of the event are wholly funded via sponsorship from the local business community, so all money goes to charity.

Attended by thousands of people this multi media show features fireworks, specialist lighting effects, music and narration bringing together Alan Hilary events, A son-et-lumiere and Reaction Fireworks.  The results are beautiful and often very emotional.

The town of Turriff was established more than 900 years ago and the site referred to as Temple Brae is said to have been one of the early bases for the knights templar and it is now home to around 5000 residents.

There are beautiful places to stay, whether just for a few days midweek or a well deserved weekend getaway. Prices for accommodation (Hotels, B&B or guesthouses) range from around £30 – 120 per night and most include breakfast.

Out and about there are plenty of things to see and do in this picturesque area in the highlands. There are whisky tours for the lovers of the golden nectar which enjoy fame across the world as the home of some of the finest single malt or indeed blends in Scotland. There are world class golf courses with some of the most challenging holes (the Clivet) which is on the cliff top and you will need all your concentration and balance to stay in place whilst you put this in the hole.

There are puffin cruises and of course being in the wilds of Scotland, you will see peregrine falcon, kestrel, and a plethora of other birdlife as well as deer, foxes, and the hare.

Eating out here is said to be one of life’s greatest pleasures with a huge range of traditional restaurants and bistros with excellent fish and local seafood on offer as well as the usual smattering of café and coffee shops there to provide you with that relaxing afternoon tea.

Get along if you are looking for something to do in mid-October and support a fabulous charity whilst enjoying some first rate FIREWORKS.

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DIWALI 2018

WHAT: DIWALI 2018
WHY: INDIAN RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL
WHERE: ACROSS THE GLOBE
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2018
COST: FREE

The Indian Festival of Diwali (aka Deepavali/Lamp Festival or Festival of Light) is primarily a Hindu Festival which is also observed by Sikhs and Jains.  The festival marks the return of Lord Rama, who was the 7th re-incarnation of the God Vishnu, from a 14-year exile in the Hindu faith.

This event is celebrated by a staggering 800 million people worldwide and with India being one of the most populated countries on the planet, this comes as no surprise.

The Festival of Light is celebrated on the darkest night in the month of Kartik (which is the 7th month of the Bikram Sambat calendar) which runs from 18th October to 15th November.

Over in India, the homes, temples and streets are decorated with colourful lights called Diyas and garlands of marigolds.  Another part of the traditional celebrations includes fireworks or firecrackers; most of which are made in the town of Sivaski in Tamil Nadu.  Diwali runs for 5 days, but most of the celebrations outside India, take part on the 3rd day.  These usually include buying new clothes, giving sweet stuffs like Gulab Jamun (like a deep fried super sweet dumpling) Barfi (like a fudge with coconut, almond or pistachio flavourings) and Kulfi (Indian ice cream – extra sweet of course) and of course the warming glow of the little lamps or Diyas.

In Hindu, special blessings are offered to the goddess Lakshmi; goddess of wealth and prosperity and Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.  Lakshmi is said to visit all homes on Diwali, beginning with the cleanest first, spreading the wealth as she continues her journey.  Of course, this serves to get everyone scrubbing their homes before lighting the Diyas to welcome the goddess.

Whilst it was first and foremost a Hindu celebration, it is also widely celebrated by Sikhs who celebrate the release of their 6th guru Hargobind Singh, who was imprisoned by the Muslim leader Emperor Jahangir along with 52 princes (Rajas) who were political prisoners who were being held for a ransom of ‘millions of rupees’.  Emperor Jahangir agreed to let the guru go but Guru Hargobind would not accept his freedom if the rajas were unable to leave also.  Jahangir said that he could leave with as many prisoners who could ‘hold onto his cloak’.  He outsmarted Jahangir by adding 52 ‘tails’ to his gown, enabling them all to escape together.

Fireworks and firecrackers are widely used to frighten off any evil spirits.  The number of people using firecrackers has resulted in a blanket ban on their use in major cities like New Delhi.  But this decision was met with a great deal of backlash when Hindu’s saw it as an attack on their religion and freedom to celebrate their faiths special feast day as it has been for several hundred years.  However, with air pollution levels so high, it was a no-brainer to not have the usual smog following previous Diwali celebrations.

When the Passfire team from the USA visited India, they were fascinated that everywhere else in the world, salutes/maroons were being launched in mortar tubes but over in India, they are dropped into tube-shaped holes in the ground (they do say you work with what you have!).

If you are celebrating Diwali here in the UK, we have a brand new barrage called ‘Festival Of Light’ which would be a spectacular addition to your celebrations.

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BEAULIEU FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 2018

WHAT: BEAULIEU FIREWORKS SPECTACUAR
WHEN: SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2018
WHERE: BEAULIEU NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM, BEAULIEU, NEWFOREST
COST: ADULTS £13.80/ CHILDREN (AGED 5-7) £8.30 /FAMILY TICKETS £39.00

Classed as one of the largest fireworks displays in South, not only is there a spectacular display on offer, but also plenty of attractions and live entertainment on offer before the main event.

The theme of this year’s event is “Back to the 80’s”. There will be the old-fashioned fairground with old classic games and rides on offer such as: coconut shy’s, a big wheel and the classic carousel with extravagant horses and even a fancy-dress competition; so drag out your 80’s shell suit, find out your clothes with the biggest shoulder pads or dress up as your favourite 80’s music or tv personality.

Fireworks at Beaulieu.

During the day you can visit the Beaulieu attractions which are open from 10am as normal. Why not make a day with all the family and take a walk around the serene grounds and gardens that surround the palace house, take a ride on the mono rail or open top veteran bus, walk in the footsteps of a thousand monks and view the history of Beaulieu Abbey, wonder around the national motor museum or if you’re a bit of a petrol head take a trip into the world of top gear and see some of the iconic cars from the challenges in the programme and take a seat in the famous BBC Top Gear studio. (please note the world of top gear closes at 3pm).

If you want to turn up just for the experience of the 80’s then the gates for this and the fireworks will not open until 3pm. Make sure you are ready to celebrate a decade of memorable music, film, technology as well as the groovy fashion.

On stage there will be the wave 105 radio presenters ready to get the evening off to a start with live entertainment both before and after the fireworks. Along with this and the fairground there will be various stalls selling hot and cold food and drinks both inside and outside. Treat yourself to candy floss and hot roast chestnuts, burgers just to name a few of the things on offer.

Please note that you cannot bring any sparklers, folding chairs or seats with you due onto the site with you. It is advised to bring a torch as this may be needed In places.

The main event of the fireworks begins at 7:30pm with the full 30 to 40-minute show of pyro musical delight. Watch the skies over new forest light up in array of colours and effects all perfectly times to some of the most iconic 80’s hits.

You can stay for a while after the fireworks as the venue stays open for a short while after

With something for all the family and plenty to see and do make sure that you put this event in your diaries.

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