This week has seen an incredible phenomenon across the skies as meteor showers have been hitting the news. Here at Fireworks Den, we are loving these meteor showers since they are just like natural fireworks lighting up the night sky. A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteroids entering the earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface. Intense or unusual meteor showers are known as meteor outbursts and meteor storms, which may produce more than 1,000 meteors per hour. To read more about the science behind meteor showers, please click here.
This latest bout of meteor showers has been visible for a number of days now, and will continue until the end of the week. This is actually an annual event known as the Perseids meteor shower which peaks each year in mid-August. Although the number of visible meteors is hard to predict accurately, you can expect to see one at least every few minutes. They mostly appear as fleeting streaks of light lasting less than a second, much like shooting stars. The brightest meteors in these meteor showers leave behind trails of vaporised gases and glowing air molecules that take a few seconds to fade.
The great thing about these meteor showers is that they can be seen with the naked eye. There is no need to use specialist astronomical equipment to view the sky. The best places to view these natural fireworks are in the most rural of areas. Skywatchers are in fact advised to lie on a blanket or reclining chair to get the best view, away from bright lights and street lamps. And with the sky lighting up with these meteor showers, budding photographers have battled to capture the perfect picture.
If you have taken any great snaps, please send them to us at Fireworks Den. We would love to see your pictures. If you haven’t been lucky enough to spot any of the meteors yourself this week, then you can always come to Fireworks Den to buy some man-made fireworks! They might not be as high in the sky as nature’s own fireworks, but you certainly won’t miss them, and they will last a little longer! For more information, please feel free to contact us and we can help you.
The Muslim fesitival of Eid al-Fitr takes place on 7th and 8th August 2013. It is the grand celebration after the month of Ramadan when Muslims have been fasting and praying daily. Food is only consumed after sunset each day. For more information about Ramadan, see here.
Eid al-Fitr is also called the Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, the Sweet Festival and the Lesser Eid. The religious festival of Eid al-Fitr is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast that day. This is a day when Muslims around the world try to show a common goal of unity. Muslims use a lunar calendar, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality. However in most countries, it is generally celebrated on the same day as Saudi Arabia.
Common greetings during Eid al-Fitr are the Arabic greeting ‘Eid Mubārak (“Blessed Eid”) or ‘Eid Sa‘īd (“Happy Eid”). Muslims are also encouraged on this day to forgive and forget any differences with others or animosities that may have occurred during the year. Typically, practicing Muslims wake up early in the morning—always before sunrise— offer Salatul Fajr (the pre-sunrise prayer), and in keeping with the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, clean their teeth with a toothbrush, take a shower before prayers, put on new clothes (or the best available), and apply perfume. For more information about the traditions and history of the Eid al-Fitr celebration, see here.
There are many events happening in London to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this year. On 17th August, there will be a great public celebration in Trafalgar Square which will include food, music, market stalls and children’s activities. You can find out more about the Mayor’s Eid fesitival here.
One great tradition during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr is the lighting of fireworks. Here at Fireworks Den we love this tradition of course! Although there are public displays, many people choose to have their own firework parties at home. Fireworks are now so safe (if used in accordance with their instructions) and can suit any budget, it seems like an obvious choice to host your own fireworks party if you have a suitable venue. Here at Fireworks Den we have so many fireworks to choose from, and we always have experts on site to help you choose the best fireworks for your Eid al-Fitr party. Whether its ROCKETS, ROMAN CANDLES, SINGLE IGNITIONS or just SPARKLERS, there is is something for everyone! You can watch videos of most of our fireworks on the website so you know exactly what to expect before you buy! If you require any more information about our fireworks, please CONTACT us and we will be happy to help.
So from all of us here at Fireworks Den, we wish you Eid Mubārak