According to history, it is said that the Chinese discovered and began manufacturing fireworks sometime near the sixth century AD. As fireworks became more complex and widely crafted, the quickly became a standard part of nearly every celebration in Asia.
Today, we still use sparklers to celebrate and commemorate many of the holidays we observe. Obviously the 4th of July comes to mind, but also New Year’s, Diwali, and many other holidays. Wedding sparklers have also become very popular, adding a special touch and an interactive feel to the event.
Though it is impossible to know for sure who created the first handheld sparkler and where exactly it was created, it is widely accepted in history that an architect named Callinicos of Heliopolis, who lived in 670 AD, created a device called a “cheirosiphon”. While the “cheirosiphon” is the first handheld firework we know of, it is thought to have been closer to a small roman candle. However, this handheld firework ultimately led to the more traditional style of sparkler as popularity and availability became widespread.
- The Invention of Sparklers
- Sparklers for Thanksgiving Day
- Sparklers for the 4th of July
- Sparklers for Valentine’s Day