The expression fireworks gets its meaning from the fireworks that people shoot into the sky when they are celebrating a great event. Rockets explode to fill the dark, night sky withbright reds and blues, with yellows and greens and whites.
The expression also means a great show of noisy anger, or something exciting. For example, a defense lawyerin a court trial may become very emotional in arguing with the government lawyerabout evidence affecting the accused. The judge finally stops the loud argumentand calls the two lawyers forward. He tells them, "I want no more of these fireworks in my courtroom."
Another kind of fireworks can beany event or activity that is especially exciting. One such event is falling inlove. If anything can produce fireworks, it is a sweetheart's kiss or the touchof a lover's hand. Often movie or television cartoons show fireworks torepresent the excitement of a kiss.
People use the expression fireworks throughout the year. But if you live in the United States and want to see real fireworks, the best time of the year is about now. The Fourth of Julyis Independence Day in the United States. Americans traditionally celebrate their nation's freedom with giant public parties and fireworks at night.
In Washington, for example,large crowds gather near the Washington Monument to listen to music and watch ahuge fireworks show. In other cities and smaller towns, local people listen to band concerts and watch fireworks explode in a dark sky.
Many other countries around the world also enjoy the tradition of exploding fireworks on special days. InAustralia, the city of Sydney begins each new year with a fireworks show at midnight. China is the birthplace of fireworks. Large fireworks shows were held often during earlier times in China. Now, people use small fireworks to help celebrate weddings and birthdays.
France also has a greatfireworks tradition. A large fireworks show always takes place on Bastille day which celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution. The French city of Cannes holds an international fireworks competition each year in July and August.
In India, people have been usingfireworks for more than five hundred years. A great Indian fireworks show takesplace during the religious celebration of Diwali, every autumn.
Fireworks shows are popular around the world. But if I do not end this program right now, there will befireworks from my producer.
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