Let's be real: Fire is fascinating. Yes, it provides warmth, lighting and a method for cooking food, but humans have also used it for celebratory purposes since the advent of this revolutionary tool.
Cultures across the globe host fire and lantern festivals for varying reasons. Some choose to light up the night with bonfires each fall to mark the beginning of a season that requires fire for warmth. Others choose springtime to ignite fireworks as a way to celebrate a rebirth of the coming year. Several also see fire as a way of warding off evil spirits or bad luck.
Whatever the reasoning, there's one thing we can all agree on — these annual festivals happen to be some of the most spectacular and beautiful around the world. Just see for yourself.