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FESTIVAL OF SAN GIOVANNI

WHAT: FESTIVAL OF SAN GIOVANNI (THE OLDEST LAKE COMO FESTIVAL)
WHEN: SATURDAY 23RD AND SUNDAY 24TH JUNE 2018
WHERE: ISOLA COMACINA, FLORANCE, ITALY
COST: FREE

If you are visiting Italy this Summer, make sure that you pay a visit to Isola Comacina to witness one of the oldest festivals celebrated in Florence Italy. The festival is held on the weekend closest to June 24th every year, and the community of Ossuccio hosts the local festival. Over the years, it has become more and more popular, not only with the locals but tourists that make that special trip not to miss out on any of the pyrotechnic action and festivities that take place.

Early on Saturday evening, families and friends get together for food and drink eagerly awaiting the evening to arrive for the fireworks display to begin. The main stage for the fireworks is Comacina Island, with Ossucio spread out directly in front. The surrounding slopes and mountains to the left and the right of the Island create a fantastic natural amphitheater so wherever you are you can sit back and take in the spectacular views and enjoy the show.

If you are brave enough (and your ears can take the noise) you can join many people on boats and steamers that make their way out on the water or in the Docklands to get up close and personal with the display. This also gives you fantastic 180-degree views of the land.

At around half past 10, the crowd gradually settles down leaving an eerie silence all around which is broken suddenly with the flashes, bangs and beautiful colours of the fireworks, echoing all around the area making the fireworks appear to be in surround sound.

Not only are the fireworks for entertainment and enjoyment but they also tell the story of Comacina Island, the emperor Frederick Redbeard and the wars that once devastated the strip of land and burnt it to the ground. Narrators tell the story of this beautiful place and the devastation reeked by the fire which destroyed the village and took so many lives along with fireworks choreographed to music giving the show an extra wow factor for all attending.

After the display, the whole of the island glows a ruby red colour to signify the fire that once destroyed the island, this alone is a one-off and exceptional sight to witness. After a short interval, the night air is again filled with noise as rounds of applause, cheers, horns of the steamers and boats are given as a way of showing appreciation to everyone that has been involved and taken part in the celebration.

On a Sunday the locals dress in traditional costumes and make their way to the hundreds of boats in the dock to make there way over to the island. Sunday is a holy day (most of the islanders are devout Catholics) the locals attend mass in the ruins of Sant’Eufemia Church on the island, before returning home and eating together again with family and friends to bring an end to the weekends’ celebrations.

This is a special one-off experience not to be missed so make sure that you book your place this summer and get in on the pyro musical action.

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DASHUHUA – FIREWORKS WITH MOLTEN IRON

In the ancient town of NuanQuan just west of Beijing the Dashuhua tree flower festival is held to mark the final day of the Chinese lunar new year festivities. The locals pride themselves on celebrating this differently to the traditional fireworks in a unique display including molten iron.

History into the performance goes back over 500 years ago when blacksmiths stores were all around the village in the farming town of NuanQuan. The town was poor and only the wealthy could afford put on a big firework display at the end of the lantern festival to mark not only the end of the celebration but also make sure that any of the demons that may be on the way to village were scared off by the fireworks, so no harm would come to the towns and locals that year.

The blacksmiths were inspired by the sparks that were created in their iron working so much that they decided to try something different to create the fireworks. They soon figured out that by splashing molten metal onto the walls of the city gates, this created bright flower shapes like the firework effect and from then the poor man’s firework was born. As the years went by the molten iron fireworks known as the Dashuhua performances in NuanQuan have grown and grown more popular and have overtaken the original fireworks display themselves, locals donate any scrap metal that they have gathered and saved over the year to the blacksmiths, so they can have the yearly performance in the town.

With different metals, the performers can now produce different colours other than the red that was given off by the burning of the iron that was first used many years ago. Aluminium and copper now give off green and white coloured flowers capture the audience’s attention and give off a bolder and brighter display.

A small team of farmers take part in the performance with no more than sheepskin coats, goggles, fireproof shoes and straw hats take to the stage set at the city gates to give the locals and tourists a performance of a lifetime. The wooden ladles that are used for throwing the molten metals are soaked in water for 3 days before to prevent combusting on impact. the temperature of the molten can reach up to 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 degrees Fahrenheit).

One of the four artists to do this dangerous performance is a local man named Wang De he first witnessed a performance during the spring festival, he now farms by daytime and then performs at night. He has become a bit of a celebrity amongst the visitors as they ask for photographs and even had a documentary made about what he does. He found out not long after taking the role as a performer that it had been in three generations of his family been passed down from father to son. Putting his life on the line with every performance he bears the scars from the molten iron all over his body. This is not only this been a game for the brave, but you need professional skills and physical strength and courage. with the danger included, not many want to learn the skill but now the government has focused more on protecting the cultural heritage the Dashuhua will not die out.

See below some of the fantastic displays that have been captured over the years of this fantastic but dangerous performance.

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GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS – LARGEST FIREWORKS DISPLAY

With fireworks for New Year’s Eve ever more popular and being shown on our television screens from the moment the new year starts in New Zealand and Australia, we were wondering here at epic what would be the largest even though we sell some big ones ourselves nothing compares to this one!

Step up to the Philippines in Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, at the church of Christ locally known as Inglesia ni Christo especially on new years eve 2016. They have been officially crowned and certified as the biggest fireworks display in the world by the Guinness book of records.

A whopping 810,904 was the total number of fireworks in the display and the complete display lasted a staggering 1 hour 1 minute and 32.35 seconds and it began at the stroke of midnight. Although the rain was pouring down on that night this didn’t dampen the spirits of the locals and visitors sharing double celebrations on that night.

Now that’s what we call an EPIC display !!!

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