YANSHUI BEEHIVE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (2017)
Taiwan

Located in Yanshui District, it’s ranked as the fifth most dangerous festival in the world as participants are geared up with motorcycle helmets, fire-retardant clothing and thick gloves, with hundreds of thousands of firecrackers going off at the same time.

The Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival is an annual tradition held on the 15th day after the beginning of the Lunar New Year in Tainan Ciy for over 130 years. Located in Yanshui District, it’s ranked as the fifth most dangerous festival in the world as participants are geared up with motorcycle helmets, fire-retardant clothing and thick gloves, with hundreds of thousands of firecrackers going off at the same time. According to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, the 'beehive fireworks' festival started in the late 1885 as a request to the gods to spare Yanshui from a cholera outbreak which was making its way through the villages.

 

Future generations followed this tradition as this year 40 Beehive firecrackers are placed around the city, each firing 600,000 shots, as the Taiwanese believe the 'baptism of fireworks' gets rid of calamity and troubles while bringing good fortune in the new year.

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