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When it comes to Bonfire Night, we, as a nation, come together to celebrate the saving of parliament way back in 1605. But the birth of a new year has been celebrated for much longer; 153 B.C to be precise.

At present, our days are measured by the Gregorian calendar which was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Previously, we measured the year’s transition under the Julian calendar indoctrinated after the conquest of Egypt by Julius Caesar back in 45 B.C (Which had 445 days).

At the time of the Roman/Julian calendar it was believed that a solar or tropical year lasted between 355- 378 days and every few years, another month known as Mensis Intercalaris was inserted between what is now February and March and lasted 22 or 23 days depending on several factors; talk about confusing!!
Greek astronomers later recalculated one year to be 365.25 days which is why we add a leap year day every four years to compensate giving us the “Leap Year”.

As you might imagine changing a calendar is not as easy as first thought, at a time when there was no e-mail and ships took months to circumnavigate the world it took a few years just to make everyone aware the calendar was changing and set a plan in place. Luckily we don’t have to worry about this as the whole world celebrates on the same date (except those following a lunar calendar) but not at the same time, with 39 time zones across the world to allow for the rotation of the earth at 1040 miles an hour.

The first place to witness the New Year is Kiritimati in Tonga twenty-six hours before we do, then its New Zealand’s Chatham Islands turn 15 minutes later, then we move to Anadyr in Russia before Sidney Harbour Bridge erupts in colour 11 hours before the UK. We then move across the globe visiting in order Japan, North Korea, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, the rest of Russia then Greece, Germany and most of Europe are next in line to celebrate one hour before our Capital city lights up with fireworks to herald in the New Year for the brits and of course, up in Scotland, the beautiful setting of Edinburgh Castle’s fireworks signify the start of 2017 (and of course a 2 day bender for Hogmanay!!)

Whilst the champagne flows and fireworks fill the sky, Brazil is getting ready to put on a show two hours after midnight here in Great Britain. By 4am on the 1st of January Canadians are in full festive spirit followed by the USA.

As one of the few countries to recognise Bonfire night, we get more chances to use fireworks than most but bear in mind on Guy Fawkes Night we usually start earlier in the evening, have a big fire to keep us warm, hot pie and peas, we wrap up warm against the autumnal cold but on New Year’s Eve it’s usually a case of dash out in your finery a few seconds before midnight point a port-fire in the direction of the firework fuse, enjoy the short display and dash back inside to the party.


The Knokke-Heist Firework festival is the oldest firework festival in Europe and one of the most prestigious awards available.  The event ran from the 17th August to the 25th August and featured professional firing teams from Italy, Philippines, Croatia and of course the UK.

First up, Lieto from Italy;  The track selection for the initial part of the display was Italian Opera which suited the firework effects perfectly before changing to the haunting track Only Time by Enya which added a hypnotic melody with some absolutely perfectly shells and glittering gold horse tails.  Then the track went onto an upbeat Volare which suited the remaining pyro beautifully.

Not as clean and precise as we have come to expect from Italy but there was absolutely no doubting the quality of the perfectly spherical blue peony shells.  Good effort.

Next to fire, Platinum Fireworks from the Philippines.  The track selections were random by any stretch of the imagination from In the Flesh from Pink Floyd to I’ve got the music in me from Kiki Dee but the opening sequence to Robbie William’s Let Me Entertain You was awesome.  There were some beautiful crossing rainbow comets and nice butterfly and jellyfish shells but they appeared a little out of time with the track.  Really nice but not in my opinion strong enough to beat the mighty Mirnovec or Pyrotex but we would have to wait a little longer to see the outcome.

Penultimate competitors from Croatia were the pro team from Mirnovec Pirotehnika.  Their opening track was the Grease Megamix which was really entertaining but there was a tube on the left which was clearly firing the wrong way and after that section, there appeared to be an incredibly long delay to the second track.  However, once the ABBA section got under way with the track SOS, it was delightful to see the S O S being spelt out in blue.  The fast firing rainbow coloured crossing comets was lovely too.  The finale; a sky full of huge willow breaks brought an end to a brilliant show which was clearly well supported by the crowd.

Final competitors; Pyrotex Fireworx from the UK; Now they are having a brilliant couple of years and are in the process of filling up their trophy cabinet in earnest.  They have already lifted the first place in the Italian Dancing Fireworks Festival and of course, the mega win at the PIPC this year so they were already on a high.

Another absolutely outstanding display from Pyrotex with a really clever track list; the display truly was a lesson in precision with some of the tightest firing I have ever seen.  The pyro and the music took the audience through an emotional journey and it was mesmerising with a symmetry second to none.  The whole of the show was astonishing and brought me close to tears it was so good.  Their groundwork is on another level and every conceivable shape was precise and timed to perfection and I particularly liked the rainbow coloured section with the rainbow peony bursts above.  Beautiful throughout.

The finale display was put on by organisers H C Pyrotechnics who again had a lovely variety of colours and effects and they were really clean.  The shape shells were gorgeous but some of the latter products in the display looked a little washed out.


1. Pyrotex Fireworx (U.K.)
2. Mirnovec Pirotehnika (Croatia)
3. Platinum Fireworks (Philippines)
4. Lieto Fireworks (Italy)

Knokke-Heist 2016 : Closing Fireworks

Firework Themed Advertising

When it comes to celebrating or promoting a product we are surprised just how many companies choose fireworks.

Every day it seems there is a new video on TV highlighting the benefits everything from fast cars to fast food, Coca Cola to Cadbury’s crème eggs.

In the latest pyrotechnic offering “the laughing cow” people have used bread sticks to create fireworks bursting to emphasise sensation the flavour leaves on the tongue, keep up the good work.

Fireworks from kelly allison on Vimeo.

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