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Firework Shows Around the World

Here in the U.S., firework shows make some of the best memories. Whether we’re celebrating our independence, ringing in the new year, or kicking off Derby season, it’s no secret that these shows are a treasured part of our past, present, and future.


We learned a brief history of fireworks, telling us that they originate in foreign countries. But did you know that we’re not the only country to hold fireworks in high regard today? There are plenty of fireworks shows around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest and brightest!


United Kingdom - Guy Fawkes Night


Every November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated throughout the United Kingdom. Although this celebration is not a religious holiday, the day commemorates the symbol of good prevailing over evil.



In 1604, Guy Fawkes was a member of the English Catholics. This group was against the protestant ruling of King James and sought out catholic rebellion through the attempted assassination of the king. The English Catholic conspirators, Fawkes included, were stopped before their advances could be made on the king.


Today, the celebration boasts an impressive firework display and a series of bonfires, both of which pay homage to the original celebration of the event when Parliament declared it over four centuries ago.


Dubai - Eid Al-Adha


Muslims worldwide partake in the month of Ramadan, which is a time of prayer, community, fasting, and spiritual reflection. Eid Al-Adha is the celebration of the end of the month of Ramadan, with many countries hosting firework shows in commemoration.



Due to its size, Dubai has become one of the most popularly recognized fireworks displays. Across the United Arab Emirates, many emirates join efforts by lighting off their firework shows simultaneously!


Peru - Christmas


In the U.S. and Europe, Christmas is not one of the popular holidays known for its fireworks. But, in South America, primarily in Peru, that is not the case.


Noche Buena is the name given to the days leading up to Christmas. During this time, the selling and purchasing of fireworks are the most popular in Lima, Peru. Then, once Christmas comes, nearly every household in the country partakes in lighting off their own fireworks to some degree.


India - Diwali



Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, has a history between 500 and 1000 AD. This holiday is deeply rooted in Hinduism and symbolizes the victory of light over darkness.

The holiday lasts five days in total. While fireworks are not typically a part of the celebration in the earlier days, it seems to be perfectly fitting they found their way into the latter part of the festivities.


Japan - Sumidagawa Firework Festival



The Sumidagawa firework festival goes far back into Japanese history, to 1732, as a celebration of the dead. Across the countries, the population takes part in creating a firework display of their own. It’s not uncommon to watch as neighbors try to outdo each other. The result? A jaw-dropping display that can be observed across the country.


Let’s Spark Something!


With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s time to start getting ready for your very own fireworks show. Thankfully, at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.


Whether you’re looking for a private show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.


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