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FIREWORKS WELCOME IN 2019 AROUND THE WORLD

As you are all fully aware here at Epic fireworks, we love FIREWORKS in any way, shape or form, so we bring you a roundup of every firework display as the world welcomed in 2019.

Samoa and Kiribati are the first to welcome in the new year and they did this with a traditional South Pacific party. As the clock struck midnight all citizens were sent out a Facebook message from the government wishing them a happy and prosperous new year. With this a beautiful firework display along with traditional dancers, jugglers and flamethrowers.

At 11am UK time, it was Auckland’s turn, combining the celebrations with the annual Wondergarden Festival in a party that you didn’t want to miss. Revellers descended to Auckland, so they could join in the festivities early, with even the government extending the party times with no restrictions on noise from 6pm and 2am. The fabulous fireworks display was set off from Auckland’s sky tower followed by a light projection on Auckland harbor bridge.

Sydney’s display was watched all over the world and you would have caught it at 12 midday UK time as it was televised. All the spectators, however, had a bit of a damp night as there were thunderstorms and rain for the majority of the evening. Despite the weather, the fireworks went ahead lighting up the skies over the Sydney Opera house and around the Harbour.

There was no expense was spared in Pyongyang North Korea, as there was a concert, dancers, singers and lasers and pyrotechnics were even used in the counting down to the new year in Arabic numerals (we’re not entirely sure why on this one but hey ho!) before the fireworks were released in the main square. All this was before the addressing of the nation by King Jong-un.

The home of fireworks China did celebrate new year but not as widely as everywhere else in the world. The official new year for China is when the new lunar year begins, and this will not be celebrated in style until the 5th to the 19th February. Some did attend countdown events as these were held in the major cities and others headed to the Buddhist temples for bell ringing and prayers.

Dubai not wanting to disappoint not only put on fireworks this year but also attempted and broke 2 Guinness World Records. Hundreds of thousands of spectators flocked downtown to see the returning fireworks display on the Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building.

Onto the European countries: Moscow is known for their celebrations been big and the best in the world and they go all out on New Year’s Eve to please the locals and visitors alike. Whether you attend the big city square celebration in St Petersburg or Moscow’s Red Square the celebrations are big bold and of course full of fireworks.

Athens culminated their New Year by setting the skies alight above the ancient Parthenon Temple at the top of Acropolis Hill. Before this there is a countdown celebration in the municipality of Athens. The night was hosted by some of Greece’s most celebrated actors, tv personalities and singers all with the Parthenon as a stunning backdrop.

Paris, even with the latest troubles of the protests and high-security presence, gathered everyone together for New Year celebrations on the Champs Elysees. President Emmanuel gave his traditional New Year address, and before midnight approached there was a light show illustrating the brotherhood that took place on the Arc de Triomphe monument.

If you were one of the lucky over 100,000 ticket holders for the London New Year’s Eve celebrations you will have witnessed over 8 tonnes of explosives been fired into the air, along with music from some of Europe’s finest artists. Amongst this the words “London is open” was spoken in 7 different languages along with the bells of Big Ben chiming once more after been quiet for most of the year due to renovation work been carried out on the Elizabeth Tower.

North of the UK in Edinburgh they held a colourful street party in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle; home of the Hogmanay. At midnight, the skies were lit above the castle along with a soundtrack provided by German band Meute. As soon as the fireworks were silent there was a mass performance of Auld Lang Syne.

With the temperature reaching 80 degrees in the beautiful City of Rio de Janeiro, many, if not all of the revellers enjoyed the fireworks for the new year in the sea or on the beach in their swimwear. However, for anyone that was witnessed the fireworks in Times Square New Years Eve was a completely different experience as the majority of the crowds that packed the square for the traditional crystal ball drop were dressed in raincoats and ponchos with some paying up to $10 each for one. The event was big, and star-studded as always with Christina Aguilera getting the crowd warmed up just before bebe Rexha sang John Lennon’s “imagine” just before the midnight ball drop and of course the spectacular fireworks.

Wherever you enjoyed the fireworks whether it was at home or in another country all us here at Epic fireworks would like to wish you all the best for the year 2019. We certainly had a blast.

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THE UAE SMASH ANOTHER GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

A great way to start the New Year as the UAE break another World Record for the second year on the trot and they didn’t just get the one – this year they went for the double.

The scene of the all the firework furore was the Capital City of Ras Al Khaimah (aka RAK or historically it was known as Julfar) which is one of the 7 United Arab Emirates attempting to raise its profile on the World stage as a go to holiday destination to rival Dubai or Abu Dhabi as a fast-growing leisure and commercial hub.

The team in charge of the pyro was the World-renowned Fireworks by Grucci who have been in the pyrotechnic business for over a hundred years and today are fifth generation firework specialists.  They are no strangers to the World Record stage as they were responsible for the super shell launched on New Year’s Eve last year, gaining the region the accolade of Guinness World Record for the biggest firework shell launched.

This year, they were initially going all out for the longest straight line of fireworks but decided to include the record for the longest chain of fireworks too.  11,284 fireworks were used and the event lasted 12.06 minutes and included seven themed chapters to the show which also featured 200 drones flying above in the night sky, depicting a falcon spreading its wings majestically.

The display took 300 hours to design with more than 40,000 lines of computer code resulting in the UAE lifting both titles.

Having achieved awards for the last 2 years it does make one question, what could they do to top this next year – we will have to wait and see but our warmest congratulations on the fabulous display and the resulting awards.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TO TAKE ON ANOTHER GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

WHAT: GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2018
WHERE: RAS AL KHAIMAH UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
COST: FREE

Once again, the skies over the beautiful Al Marjan Island will be lit with fireworks, both in celebration of the coming year and in this case, another Guinness World Record attempt.

This year the region will be trying to lift the title of World Record Holder for the Longest Straight-Line Firework Display. The current record, according to GBOWR is an incredible 11.83 kilometers but the event on New Year’s Eve in the UAE is set to blast this out of the water.

The line will be measured from the first bank of fireworks to the last with each station not more than 2 kilometers apart and each site firing at least 300 kilograms of pyro and the attempt MUST last a minimum of 5-minutes.

The beautiful City of Ras Al Khaimah is trying to raise its profile on the world stage in a bid to make it THE go-to destination to try to compete with the more popular places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Plans are for the display to last 12 minutes and will be under the control of the professional firing team from Fireworks by Grucci. They were also responsible for last New Year’s Record-Breaking Shell launch beating the size and weight of the previous winner by a considerable margin.

There are viewing areas all around Al Marjan Islands as well as a choice of family orientated activities which will be open from around 5pm including food trucks, ice cream salons, lemonade corners, live music and performances and face painting for the kids. The shopping mall will also be open for those of you desperate to do a spot of buying.

We will, of course, bring you the news and whether the attempt was successful in the New Year and in the meantime, a very Happy New Year from all at Epic Firework.

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