With 5th November fast approaching I started scrolling through a Google search of local fireworks displays where I might take my daughter this year. It struck me that bonfire and fireworks displays are not only very theatrical but also full of drama. The excitement, the anticipation and the squeals of amazement as each gunpowder filled rocket screams up into the air and explodes with a bang!
There are various theories around where the first fireworks came from, with most people believing China was the birthplace to the fireworks around 2000 years ago made accidentally when a cook mixed together charcoal, sulphur, and saltpeter – all items commonly found in kitchens in those days. Since then, Fireworks have been commonly used in China at cultural events and festivities such as the Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Fireworks symolize many historical events. In the days of the American revolution fireworks had become a popular way to celebrate national prosperity and patriotism.