There aren’t many things better than going on a holiday and enjoying a spectacular fireworks show. Luckily, many of the international fireworks festivals held around the world offer you the chance to experience both simultaneously.
One exciting opportunity coming up soonis the Malta International Fireworks Festival, which will this year take place on three days: 25th April, 30th April and 2nd May.
Malta’s History of Fireworks
It might come as a surprise to you, but this small European country has a strong history of fireworks. The tradition to shooting them dates back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St. John.
During special occasions, fireworks were consideredas an expression of joy and the fireworks were created by firing off explosives from mortars.
Under the British rule, the Maltese craft of fireworks developed and in the 19th and 20th century fireworks were used during the most common British holidays.
The country has around 35 fireworks factories scattered around the towns and villages! Even if you miss the actual fireworks festival, you’ll be able to experience fireworks in Malta during the summer on any given night.
The Birth of the Festival
The current Malta International Fireworks Festival is part of this tradition and in 2015,it will be celebrating its 14th year. It is part of bigger annual celebrations to mark Malta’s accession to the European Union.
Visitors from all over the world flog to the island. As well as tourists, the festival has also attracted a number of foreign pyrotechnic companies from all over the world.
In fact, the final competitors for this year’s event were shortlisted from a long list of applicants. This increased competition is sure to guarantee a fantastic show on all three days!
The Event Details
The celebration will kick off in a small fishing village called Marsaxlokk on 25th April. There are plenty of other things to do on the day from small music events to experiencing the wonderful cuisine of the region.
From there, the event continues to the capital city Valletta, where fireworks will be set off on 30th April at the Grand Harbour. The fireworks are set off right above the sea, so you’ll be able to enjoy some amazing scenes – be sure to bring your camera with you!
The closing of the event will be on the 2nd May in a tourist hub of Bugibba. You’ll be treated with a magnificent pyromusical among other events.
Getting to Malta from the UK is relatively simple, with a number of airlines operating direct flights to the islands. You can find a number of accommodation options as well, from hotels to apartments.
You can contact your local travel agent for more details, if booking your own holiday isn’t your thing. It might be difficult to find many options for this year’s event, but you can always try your luck next year!
If you can’t make it to the event the Youtube videos above will surely keep you company. Furthermore, you can always organise your own little fireworks displayat home!