Wednesday, 27 May 2015

There Are So Many Festivals,

in the world,

so it is no surprise that I have never heard of this one, every year, during the Lantern Festival, the Chinese village of Nuanquan hosts one of the most spectacular pyrotechnics show in the world, called Da Shuhua (Chinese for “tree flower), the tradition involves experienced blacksmiths and now sometimes farmers showering themselves with molten iron, Da Shuhua is believed to have originated over 300 years ago, when local blacksmiths came up with a unique alternative to fireworks,

the rich would always celebrate New Year with fire crackers, but poor blacksmiths could not afford them, so they had to rely on their work to find a cheaper alternative, inspired by iron striking, the blacksmiths started melting iron at temperatures of around 1,000 degrees Celsius and throwing it at a large stone wall to create an effect similar to fireworks, in contact with the cold stone, the splashed molten iron would generate beautiful iron flowers if they were lucky, if unlucky the white hot flowers rained down on the blacksmiths,

the good news is that no one has ever perished or even been severely burned during Da Shuhua, but that’s mostly due to the skill of the performers, Da Shuhua takes place on the 15th day of the New Year celebrations and what a spectacular performance it must be.

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