Most people are excited by the sight, sound and smell of fireworks. They evoke memories of good times, celebrations and special days in our lives.
Fireworks were invented in China during the 7th century. These days there are firework competitions and celebrations all over the world.
In the UK, each November 5, the night skies are lit up by fireworks in celebration of the foiling of an attempt in 1605 to kill King James 1. It’s now known as the Gunpowder Plot.
In the US on July 4, Independence Day, there are firework displays to mark the day the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (as it was then known).
And on New Years Eve capital cities across the world host massive firework displays, usually built on or around a famous landmark. As our memories of New Years Eve start to fade, here is a little reminder of what happens each December 31 – a collection of superb photos of fireworks, I hope you enjoy them.