The history of firecrackers is deeply embedded in the Chinese psyche, in its traditions, its ceremonies and culture. Just as Europeans enjoy the pop of a champagne cork and a sip of sparkling wine to celebrate a birth, a marriage, a home-coming or a business deal, Chinese people prefer something more demonstrative than a single pop and a subdued fizz! In ancient China, people used to burn pieces of the ever present bamboo to celebrate the coming of the Lunar New Year. As they caught fire, the bamboos cracked and burst with a loud popping sound. People believed that the noise would drive away "evil spirits", thus the firing of bamboos was considered to be the best way to ensure a New Year of health, peace and prosperity.

In time, the Chinese discovered that certain mixtures of carbon, potassium nitrate and sulphur produced an even more spectacular explosive effect - a very useful commodity for hurling missiles and weapons (like arrows) in war, and, when peace came, a vast improvement on the simple burning of bamboo. But in spite of its superior volatility, the firecracker retains its ancient name of "burst bamboo" (pao chuk).

In China, "black cats" are a symbol of "luck and good fortune", this fact being the basis for Black Cat Fireworks tag line of "The Best that you can Get". The Brand was introduced in the US in the 1940's by Li & Fung, one of the largest and most respected Trading Companies in China, became a Registered Trademark in 1952 and is now the oldest and most highly recognized fireworks brand in the country!

Over the past 60 years, Black Cat evolved from the basic firecrackers to a Product Line that contains over 500 items today! Continued focus on Quality and Innovation has made Black Cat an International Brand, with presence in markets all around the world. The manufacture and distribution of the Product Line is being managed by Shiu Fung Fireworks, a division on Li & Fung, who is now a $6 billion publicly traded company in Hong Kong. Over the past couple of years, Shiu Fung has invested heavily in its infrastructure and now oversees the operations of its certified factories from its state-of-the art facilities in Liuyang, China.
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