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Drone shows on national holidays

How Authorities Use Drone Shows on National Holidays

Any holiday, whether it is national, international, or professional, is an occasion that brings people together in time and space, as well as in feelings and emotions. As demonstrated by practice, drone display intensifies the sense of community. Thousands of people come even closer together when they identify their coat of arms, flag, a cultural icon, or a favorite hero while looking at drone art in the sky.

This article lists the 10 holidays which comprised drone light shows.

These performances took place all over the world, but they all had the same objective: to awaken people’s emotions and sense of community.

Fall of Constantinople Day Drone Show

The Conquest of Istanbul Day is a local celebration held on May 29 in the largest metropolis of Turkey. It is dedicated to the victory in the Battle of Dumlupnar and the fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453. The day also honors Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who founded modern Turkey.

On this day, years 2021-2022, the Lumasky drone show honoring Istanbul’s Conquest Day was held in Turkey. The spectators had a chance to enjoy music and fireworks as well. 20 Salute Pro and 350 Salute drones were used to create figures in the course of the performance. They were telling the tale of the city’s conquest in the sky, changing shapes from a ship to a sword, from a sword to a cannon, showing the most remarkable and famous events in the city’s history. The show also depicted a portrait of Sultan Mehmed II, who conquered Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) and brought an end to the Byzantine Empire at the age of 21.

First-ever Drone Display in Bangladesh

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh celebrates its independence on March 26 with a national holiday known as Shadhinôta Dibôs in Bengali (The Independence Day of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in English). It honors the proclamation of independence from Pakistan in 1971.

On March 31, 2021, the first-ever drone display in Bangladesh illuminated the Dhaka sky over Hatirjheel. The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs organized drone, aerial, and fireworks performances to celebrate the nation’s 50th anniversary of independence. The Hatirjheel Amphitheater hosted performances by well-known musicians.

500 quadcopters were used to represent Bangabandhu, statesman and Founding Father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of the country, the Dhaka subway, the first Bangladeshi satellite, and some other recognizable symbols of the country.

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First-ever "Founding Day" Celebration

Saudi Arabians commemorated the first-ever Founding Day holiday to honor three centuries since the founding of the first Saudi state.

The largest drone display in the Middle East took place in late February. In celebration of the Founding Day on February 24, 2022, Riyadh’s sky was lit up with fireworks and a sky drone display.

A swarm of 3,200 copters formed 10 animated well-known Saudi symbols, such as a camel, a horse, an eagle, and some more. It was a unique event where fireworks, drones, and light synchronized with music to create a magic performance illuminating the capital’s skyline.

The Independence Day of Armenia

Every year on September 21, Armenia celebrates its Independence Day. This festival, also known as “Ankakhutyan ” honors the nation’s separation from the Soviet Union on this day in 1991.

On September 21, 2021, a large performance that featured a choir, opera singers, music bands, and hundreds of bright drones was organized in Armenia to celebrate the 30th anniversary of independence. 1050 drones were telling the story of the nation’s development.

The drones formed an eagle, which is represented on Armenia’s coat of arms, to open the performance. Spectators welcomed the bird fluttering its massive wings with wonder and loud applause. Then, the holy Mount Ararat, the Armenian nation’s emblem, loomed in the distance.

The show also depicted national characters and symbols such as David riding his horse, Hayk launching an arrow, Mesrop Mashtots, and the Armenian coat of arms.

India's 75th Independence Day Celebration

On the 20th of December, 2021, in Lucknow, 500 drones told the tale of the first Indian liberation struggle from 1857 to 1947 to the accompaniment of music and laser lights.

In the sky, there were colorful images of martyrs and scenes connected with the Freedom Movement. In the course of the performance, drones depicted the portrait of famous people who led the fight for their freedom, as well as the train and the Azadi logo.

The event, which took place among the ruins of Residency, was organized by the Uttar Pradesh Tourist and Culture Department and the Ministry of Culture with the help of a Russian team of experts from the Geoscan drone show company.

This was the largest drone display in the country so far.

Riyadh Seasons 2021

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, transforms into a festival every year for over six months, holding more than 1,000 events, including concerts, plays, and food, to welcome tourists and travelers.

Last year, the grand opening parade featured hundreds of performers and served as a representation of all the major events that would take place across the city’s many districts: the “flying” man, light show, fireworks, unique water effects, and more than two thousands of drones were a few of this year’s highlights.

Geoscan drone show company crew produced the first precise drone-generated images of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia leaders with each picture being 300 meters tall, creating the largest drone display ever held in Saudi Arabia. It took an incredible amount of 2300 quadcopters.

60th Anniversary of Gagarin Spaceflight

In Russia and other former Soviet Union countries, April 12 is wildly recognized as Cosmonautics Day. This holiday honors the first crewed space flight, which took place on April 12, 1961, and was piloted by Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin became the first person to circle the earth and a national hero, and the Soviet Union became the first nation to launch a crewed spacecraft.

A very special show dedicated to Cosmonautics Day took place in Veliky Novgorod. The show was organized by the Geoscan drone show company to commemorate the first human space flight’s 60th anniversary.

500 drones shaped like Gagarin’s Vostok spacecraft took to the night sky on Sunday in Novgorod, a city located about 540 kilometers northwest of Moscow. After that, the copters were reassembled in the air to take on the forms of the Mir space station and Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite launched by the USSR.

Biden’s Election

The victory of Vice President Joe Biden and senator Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential election was celebrated with a drone and fireworks display in Wilmington. Spectators observed the artistic combination of a high-tech drone light show and a post-speech fireworks display.

The typical fireworks opened the spectacle followed by a swarm of drones emerging from the shadows to represent stars in the colors of the U.S. national flag while “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay was playing.

Red, white, and blue lights formed the shape of the Biden campaign emblem with glimmering stars in the background, the words “President-elect,” and a map of the United States as they swept over the night sky.

The performance ended with drones creating the names of Biden, Harris, and the number 46, a reference to Biden being the 46th President of the United States.

50th UAE National Day

The 2nd of December is celebrated as United Arab Emirates National Day each year.

This day, known as the Spirit of the Union, commemorates the merger of the seven Emirates into a single country. UAE National Day is a time when residents and foreigners come together to celebrate, with magnificent firework displays, extravagant parades, and sparkling festivities.

The events were held in Al Jubail Mangrove Park of Abu Dhabi with the theme “Seeds of the Union.”

A 15-by-15-foot rotating cube served as the performance’s eye-catching centerpiece, and one of the renowned drone show teams performed above it telling the narrative high in the night sky with a mesmerizing drone light show.

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Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day in Istanbul

Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day (Atatürk’ü Anma, Gençlik ve spor Bayram), is a national holiday in Turkey that is always celebrated on May 19.

The occasion marks the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence, when Mustafa Kemal arrived in Samsun, a city on the Black Sea, on May 19, 1919.

To mark the day, different sporting and cultural activities for young people, who are considered defenders of the country’s independence, are organized around Turkey.

In 2022, the Lumasky team organized a drone display to celebrate the holiday. Lights formed the shape of a flag of Turkey, which then transformed into a map. Drones also depicted some other symbols of the holiday. The display ended with drones creating the message “19 MAYIS 1919” (MAY 19, 1919)

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