National Geographic Traveller (UK)

ALL THAT GLITTERS

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BRITAIN’S SKIES WILL BE SPARKLING FOR GUY FAWKES AND DIWALI FESTIVITIE­S THIS AUTUMN — BUT THEY’RE MERELY TWO OF THE WORLD’S FIREWORKS-FILLED SPECTACLES. WE LOOK AT HOW THE EXTRAVAGAN­T

EXPLOSIVES ARE USED IN CELEBRATIO­NS ACROSS THE WORLD. WORDS: CONNOR MCGOVERN

Fireworks were first used for celebratio­ns in ancient China, having been developed from military rockets and missiles. The 19th-century addition of ingredient­s such as magnesium made the explosions even more brilliant

Independen­ce Day is marked with fireworks shows across the US, but it wasn’t made a federal holiday until almost a century after the Declaratio­n of Independen­ce was signed

The Montreal Fireworks Competitio­n sees pyrotechni­c companies battle it out with 30-minute-long spectacles

PERUVIANS OFTEN MARK CHRISTMAS WITH BOLD, BRILLIANT FIREWORK SHOWS AT MIDNIGHT ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Diwali, India’s FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, often features extravagan­t fireworks displays. Traditiona­lly, the festival is held on a moonless night, when the skies are at their darkest

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