Although tomorrow was the 12th, I could attend fireworks in my village. Actually they marked the end of the annual votive festival (I'll write an article about that later).
At around 11:45 PM we heard big explosions. I was brushing my teeth and thought that teenagers were using firecrackers in our street. Then I understood. I went to the balcony and watched the spectacle. Each year, fireworks are launched from the football field which is located near our house. Therefore, our balcony is the perfect place to see those wonderful lights in the sky and to ear the applause of the crowd.
It's always fascinating and everybody like that (except those who can't sleep because of the noise). It lasted about 15 minutes, which is quite long for a small village like ours.
Unfortunately for people who wanted to sleep, when the noise, similar to canon fires, stopped, it was replaced by a deafening storm. And this time it didn't end in only 15 minutes.
In your country, or in countries that you know, are fireworks used for special occasions?