Why Do We Have Fireworks

The traditional reason why we have fireworks on bonfire night was introduced in 1677. Mainly we call them pyrotechnics, used for other modern use such as birthday parties and weddings.

Edward Montagu, on 23 January 1606 passed The Observance of 5th November Act 1605 (3 Ja. I, c. 1,), Found in The Statutes at Large, of England and of Great-Britain book.

Today we call it the Thanksgiving Act. It was passed just after the Failed Gunpowder Plot. Note: From Wikipedia

It was to all local residents of England to hold an annual Thanksgiving for the failure of the Plot. To speculate behind this bill, it was to build huge bonfires and celebrate the king who was smart enough to order a search from a mysterious letter sent to his pair and captured Guy Fawkes.

wiki Festivities in Windsor Castle by Paul Sandby, c. 1776

Why Do We Have Fireworks

The law act was repealed in March 1859 and was turned into an anniversary Days Observance Act. This meant It was not the law to hold bonfires on the 5th of November.

Instead within the 253 years of the law being in forced, Residents turned Bonfire Night into huge voluntary traditions. This is where we could speculate to why we simplified the name for this special night.

Most people call the 5th of November, ‘Guy Fawkes night’ ‘Bonfire night’ `Firework Night’.

Children would make effigies supposedly of Fawkes, As the years went by, we introduced traditional food and the rhyme chants that become more popular with children learning about the failed plot.

As this observation evolved and the reason why we have fireworks for Guy Fawkes night, was because more people choose to use fireworks as well as hold a garden bonfires, and soon more UK firework factories were opening to accommodate this tradition.

Present day and we mainly focus on the use of fireworks for Bonfire Night, as much as we all love bonfires, the tradition behind of building one in our back garden have dwindled over the 200 years. You still see on the odd occasions when life permits bonfires as well as fireworks.

School children today still hold building Guy Fawkes effigies used from old rags, and newspaper and have them on the annual council/school community bonfire and fireworks display.

History of Fireworks

Medieval China is one probability to where fireworks are originated, when an alchemist, who had experience in knowing that saltpeter enrich, fire with efficiency, was exploring with rich chemicals in hope, of discovering the elixir of life.

Gunpowder was discovered in approximately 850 A.D., the alchemist mixed saltpeter with charcoal and sulfur, to produce gunpowder.

Around the thirteenth century and the new technology invention of the cannon, Gunpowder made its appearance within Europe.

The Italians was the ones who develop the first aerial shells that launched upward with explosions.

More people saw the entertainment side of gunpowder, how they can be tailored into ariel shell and fired into the sky, as the trend grew and by Fifteenth Century, gunpowder were being used in weddings and celebrations throughout Europe.

England 1486 the royal wedding of Henry VII, Fireworks was used at the end to celebrate his love.

With the fireworks giving such a new good impression, When Elizabeth Ist reign, she produced a royal seal title “Fire Master of England.”

The early effects and colors of fireworks were produced by granulated charcoal this left a trail of orange sparks, iron filings that glow white. Such chemicals as amber would emit pastel flames

New colors were not placed into the gunpowder mixture until the 1830s when copper chlorate, strontium, and barium, potassium were introduced.

As the times went by and they needed the effects brighter, Magnesium was added. during the 1900s, powdered aluminum was introduced, it helped with keeping the cost low.

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