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Posted On: 20 August 2012 10:54 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Explosion of colours illuminate Katara skies

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A spectacular fireworks display illuminated the sky over Katara captivating thousands of Eid Al Fitr revellers who visited the cultural hub last night just to witness the pyrotechnic display which highlighted the first day of Eid celebrations in the country. The 15-minute spectacle will still be held for the next three nights featuring the Eid celebrations at Katara, one of the many venues for the variety of activities organised by the Qatar Tourism Authority to celebrate Eid. As expected the event proved a success with thousands of visitors thronging the Katara Esplanade amid the humid weather and even hours prior to the show which started at 8.30pm. The impressive explosion of colours dominated the skies forming various shapes and hues, a fitting way to welcome the much-awaited occasion in the Muslim world. It left the audience composed mainly of families in awe for a brief moment as the multitude of colours exploded in dozens of formations in the Katara skies. “That was breathtaking! This is the first time I have seen fireworks in Qatar during Eid,” said Ellen, a Canadian national who came to watch the show with her entire family. With the success of the fireworks display on the first day, she believed the event should be held annually. Edmar Reyes, a Filipino engineer, was of the same view saying the event should be organised yearly because many people delighted in the colourful sight. “Fireworks displays have always been a significant highlight of big events throughout the world especially when welcoming important occasions like Eid Al Fitr,” said Reyes, who like many of the spectators, captured the multitude of colours which painted the sky through their cameras. A huge number of visitors also viewed the four exhibitions running at Katara namely “The Beauty of Words”, an Islamic Arts Exhibition in collaboration with the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, “The Garden of Contemplation”, a large light installation exhibition by artist Simon Heijdens, “A Matter of Time”, a clocks sculpture exhibition by artist Daniel Weil and a painting exhibition with recent works by Qatari artists incorporating Arabic Calligraphy in their work. In addition there are also Holy Quran classes for Children entitled “Nafahat Al Iman” and a book fair. This rich cultural and arts programme are being held from 10am until 10pm. The Peninsula