Celebrate Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Horse in the City of Chicago with our spectacular fireworks display this Saturday, Feb 1st at 7:30pm!!!
Next Friday, January 31st is the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year. Chinese celebrations will start on Thursday night (Chinese New Year’s Eve) and conclude with the Lantern festival on February 14th this year. Firework displays have become an important part of this celebration. This tradition started in ancient China, when bamboo stems were filed with gunpowder to create little explosions. These explosions were believed to drive away evil spirits. The tradition continued when firecrackers were manufactured and now full fireworks displays are used to scare away evil spirits and signify a joyful time of year.
Along with the fireworks displays and celebrations, each year on the lunar calendar is represented by a Chinese zodiac that is believed to represent qualities of people born during that lunar year. January 31st, 2014 will start the year of the Horse. People born in the years 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 have the sign of the Horse. If you fall into this category you are said to be hard-working, very independent, intelligent, successful, wise, talented and perceptive. Although you may possess these good qualities, you may also be selfish, impatient, unwilling to take advice, and have a weakness for the opposite sex. Do you belong to the Chinese sign of the Horse?
Japanese fireworks are some of the best in the world. Each year, at the end of summer, the Omagari Fireworks Display takes place in Daisen, Japan. It started in 1910 and has been drawing crowds ever since. Leading Japanese pyrotechnicians join this event to showcase their talents in, not only Creative Fireworks, but chrysanthemum-type fireworks, and daytime fireworks that utilize colorful smoke in the sky. Only highly skilled entrants are allowed to participate. This event is considered the “Olympics of Pyrotechnics” for Japanese display companies. It brings crowds of over 700,000 people and tickets for the event are highly sought after. It is a great festival for the community and pyrotechnicians are honored to be a part of this exclusive event.
Although you may think this event is just fireworks, it takes much more to produce these displays. The fireworks are perfectly choreographed to music and flow in a manner that produces beautiful shows. Extensive work is put into these fireworks displays, especially when making the shells. Japanese shell manufacturers carefully produce each and every shell by hand. This makes Japanese shell quality hard to beat. The labor that goes into each shell and display is simply amazing. The Omagari Fireworks Display is a true example of what fireworks can be and the passion put into this industry. For a more in depth look check out this website!!
Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc. is proud to announce that we have acquired Denis O’Regan and his company Fireworks Concepts.
With diverse knowledge and abilities, Denis is an artist in various trades. A New Orleans native, he broadened his creative expression to the pyrotechnics industry in 1985. Within a few years, he was working with an international display company. Accomplished in pyromusical design and production management, Denis founded Fireworks Concepts and built a loyal base of special event producers, private, and corporate clients. With 28 years in the industry, Denis is an experienced pyrotechnician, skilled in design, production, and choreography. He has produced shows on three continents, presented seminars on safety and the creative use of pyrotechnics in event production, and won prestigious awards for Technical Production in the special events industry.
We are excited to have Denis as a new Event Producer based in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We welcome him to the Melrose team.
We hope everyone ended 2013 and started 2014 with a bang this year!! Did you know that before New York City started the famous ball drop, they celebrated NYE with fireworks? In 1904, New York City had Times Square’s very first NYE celebration and fireworks were the main event.
Although China celebrates the New Year depending on the lunar calendar, fireworks have always been a key part to their celebration. For Chinese, the fireworks are more than just loud sounds and bright lights; traditionally, they believe that fireworks scare off evil spirits and bad luck. What could be a better way to ring in the New Year?!
One of our largest fireworks shows this year was held in the great City of Chicago at Navy Pier. Visitors bared the cold to watch a spectacular 15 min pyromusical event at midnight; including music from Pitbull, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Phil Phillips, Imagine Dragons, and One Direction. The show was shot off a barge in Lake Michigan and consisted of effects ranging from low level comets and mines to large caliber aerial shells. It was truly spectacular.
Just in case you missed it, we have put together a 3 minute compilation of a few of the show highlights. Check out this video, Navy Pier NYE 2014, along with many others right here on our Vimeo page!!!