How do you like your fireworks displays? If you’re Mexican, the answer is simple – loud, singeing your buttocks, bursting your eardrums, setting fire to your clothes and, most importantly of all, at 3am when everyone is trying to get to sleep.I’m sure the main aim of most Mexican fireworks displays is to disturb as many people as possible. They are usually pretty successful.
Seriously, no celebration, especially a religious celebration, in Mexico is complete until a few rockets have been set off. Bigger events will merit ‘castles’ of spinning, colourful pyrotechnics and one or twice a year the believers who attend the church outside my home will bring along large ‘bull’ frames, loaded with gunpowder and carried aloft by a lucky soul of the congregation, as he runs around chasing anyone and everyone.
The video below was published by the BBC today and shows a pretty ferocious display in progress, complete with the bulls…large ones at that. Today’s celebration was in honour of the patron sait of pyrotechnics. I’d love to be able to tell you more about them, but to be honest, I usually stand at a safe distance, shake my head in wonder and mutter things like ‘nutters’. But with far more admiration than contempt. After all, I have been known to play around with the odd banger myself…Vodpod videos no longer available.