Our happy moments are sealed with many things like flower, cakes, chocolates, gifts, and firecrackers. Most of the religious festivals and also during marriage, we tend to light a firecracker and spread the joy of our mind among others. Diwali crackers are the most alluring ones just because maximum numbers of fireworks are used during this festival. But they are available in various shops all through the year. Whenever our Indian Cricket Team wins some series, we all come out on the streets and celebrate the victory with fireworks. Because that is the way to show the world about our achievements and victory. Today in this column, I would love to share some of the titbits about the history of these wonderful fireworks.
From where did these fireworks come?
The factual history says that it was China that gave birth to these amazing fireworks in the 11-12th century. Now you must be thinking what was the reason behind its invention? Well, initially it was used as a weapon to ward off tribal people, mountain people, and aboriginals. Fireworks were also believed to keep the evil spirits away. China and its intellectual bunch has given the world a lot many useful things. And I would like to thank China for also showering us with these wonderful firecrackers. Otherwise, none of my Diwali, Christmas, and New Year would have been so exciting.
Firecrackers – lighting our happiness continues through ages
In 11 – 12th Century, Chinese people used crackers by firing dried bamboo stalks and later gunpowder was put inside it for that astounding effect. Emperors were welcomed by lighting firecrackers.
By the mid-13th century, gunpowder and fireworks reached Europe via Mongols. The year 1377 saw the inclusion of fireworks in a religious mystery play organized by the Vicenza Bishop’s palace.
The common day popular rocket firecracker used extensively as Diwali cracker was first used in 15th century in Europe the purpose was solely military. Soon it spread to Italy, Spain, and Germany.
In 1533, the English People also started celebrating with fireworks by the side of the river Thames. Periodic contests were also being held and left the spectators jaw dropped.
Firecrackers – the Indian way
We Indians just love the decorative firecrackers – don’t we? Every year on various occasions, I also end up buying dozens of fire crackers just for the sake of happiness. But the appeal of Diwali crackers is always the best. To give a rough account, a single family wouldn’t mind spending 10-15,000 on Diwali crackers. Sometimes this figure doubles or triples when someone is getting married. Generally, if the eldest son or daughter of the family is being hitched, large fire cracker show is witnessed. The market trend and reports are saying that we Indians as a nation end up spending an INR 1,000 crore during Diwali. Now, that’s really a staggering amount.
While lighting a fire cracker and seeing the sparkles coming out of it, fills our mind with extreme happiness. Life is also like that. Only a matchstick is required to set fire to the cracker and you would find happiness coming from all corners. Find out that matchstick and stay happy!
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