Where in the World is Malta?

Malta, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, is a state in the European Union.

Why does this matter and what does it have to do with fireworks, you ask?

Malta is a rich culture that thrives on festivals, feasts and celebrations.  What goes better with a celebration than fireworks??  Not only do fireworks just happen to be a great addition to liveliness of this island, but they play an important role in the history.  The making and use of pyrotechnics in Malta dates back to the Middle Ages.  They have been celebrating special events such, as the election of a new Pope or the birth of a prince with fireworks display for centuries.  This weekend marks the 10th Anniversary of Malta joining the European Union, which of course they will be celebrating in conjunction with the 13th annual edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival.

The Malta International Fireworks Festival starts today and features firework displays from local and international competitors. The displays are beautifully choreographed along the Grand Harbour.  It will end with Grand Finale displays on April 30th.   Check out these sites for more information about this spectacular festival.

http://www.maltafireworksfestival.com/
http://www.visitmalta.com/en/miff

Japan, Japan!!!

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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!!

http://www.nippon.com/en/views/b02303/