Fireworks and an illuminated Havana

Fireworks and an illuminated Havana

Heritage & Traditions

By Fabiana Matamoros

Fireworks are directly related to the invention of gunpowder in China. They are pyrotechnic devices created with materials that generate internal combustion, capable of producing flames, sparks and smoke.

For its part, the variety of colors is due to the presence of salts that, when reacting with gunpowder, release energy in the form of light.

They produce visual and sound effects for entertainment purposes, used in exhibitions, festivities, and other commemorations.

They are considered an art, since there are multiple variations, games and techniques available to the pyrotechnic craftsman, who is always in constant innovation.

Many countries are at the forefront in the development of this type of technology, with China, India, Brazil and Mexico being the main producers worldwide.

In Cuba it is common to see lights displayed in the sky at popular festivals such as carnivals and parrandas, as well as every end of the year.

They are also used in celebrations of the highest value for national culture. Such is the case of the great show held on November 16, 2019, regarding the 500 years since the Villa de San Cristóbal de La Habana was founded.

That day, experts from a Canadian company launched more than 16,000 fireworks that lit up the Cuban capital despite bad weather. For that occasion, the prestigious Cuban pianist and composer Frank Fernández offered a concert where music and pyrotechnics meshed in perfect harmony.