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Meet Worawat Manusanun, the man who plans the fireworks display for the CentralWorld New Year countdown and many other major celebrations. 

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The Bangkok Post's Brunch magazine interviewed Worawat Manusanun just before this year's New Year countdown at CentralWorld.

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BRINGING THE BANG

Worawat Manusanun43, vice-president of Index Creative Village and the planner of CentralWorld's countdown fireworks show.Interview by Pornprom Satrabhaya

What is your normal job, outside of organising this once a year event?

My day job is overseeing logistics for major events. Apart from the New Year countdown, we have also organised celebrations for HM the King's 60th and 80th birthdays, World Expos in Shanghai and Yeosu, and various museum exhibitions at Bangjak, Siriraj and James gallery.

How long does it take to prepare the New Year fireworks show?

It takes around three months to organise everything. This year we're working with the concept of 'cuddling and warmth', and we're planning to have more crowd participation than last year. Spectators will be asked to hold hands and dance to form the pattern of a snake, because 2013 is the year of the snake. Most of the fireworks we will use have been imported from China and Japan, but we will also use some locally made fireworks as well. This year's countdown will be the best one yet!

Why are fireworks such a big part of New Year's Eve?

New Year celebrations are commonly associated with elaborate fireworks displays, I think because they light up the sky and really highlight the celebratory mood of the evening.

Have you ever failed to ignite the fireworks before or had any major mishaps?

Failed? Never. The worst case was just a few seconds' delay, but that was many years ago when we still used humans to light the fireworks. Now, even with advanced ignition technology, we still have to take care to set up the proper order for the fireworks to be let off, and make sure everything is wired properly beforehand. But generally our systems are very safe and reliable.

How do you control the fireworks? Do you have any special safety strategies?

We use a high-tech electronic ignition system, which is very reliable. As for safety, we will have security guards and fire extinguishers posted at many spots around the countdown area. We also have equipment to prevent fire and explosions where the fireworks are placed.

How do you feel when you see your fireworks go off?

I'm very proud. It's what I'm good at and love to do. Each year I like to make people happier than they were the year before. It's got to be better each time.

Do you ever just want to watch the fireworks for a change instead of organising them?

Never. I have so much fun organising the fireworks, and it only gets better and better every year. Sometimes I wish I could be there to see the reaction from spectators to see whether they like the fireworks. Their enjoyment is the most important thing for us.

What are the most memorable fireworks displays you have ever organised?

To me, each of them is memorable because each is different. I can't really choose one, because it depends on so many factors such as the desired patterns, the locations, the types of fireworks and budget.

If you didn't have to work on Monday, would you like to travel somewhere else?

No, I'd rather stay in Bangkok and relax. It's a rare chance to enjoy an empty city. But to be honest, I always work on New Year; it's the busiest time of the year for me. This year, we've also been hired to organise the countdown in Myanmar for the first time, so there have been a lot of preparations going on here and there.

normal – typical, usual or ordinary ปกติ
oversee – to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly คุมงาน,ควบคุม
logistics – the practical arrangements that are necessary in order to organise something successfully, especially something involving a lot of people or equipment การส่งกำลังบำรุง
museum – a building where objects of historical, scientific or artistic interest are kept พิพิธภัณฑ์
exhibition – a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them นิทรรศการ งานแสดง
gallery – a room or building for showing works of art, especially to the public ห้องแสดงผลงานศิลปะ
concept – an idea of something that exists; an idea for something new ความคิด, กรอบความคิด
cuddle – to put your arms round someone and hold them close to show that you like or love them สวมกอด
participation – to take part in or become involved in an activity การมีส่วน
spectator – a person who watches an activity without taking part ผู้เข้าชม
pattern – a regular arrangement of lines, shapes, colours, etc. รูปแบบ
import – to buy or bring in products from another country นำเข้า
locally – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ในท้องถิ่น, ในประเทศ
commonly – usually; very often; by most people  อย่างธรรมดา
associated with – connected with in some way ที่เชื่อมโยงกัน
elaborate – very detailed and complicated ละเอียด ปราณีต
highlight – to make something more noticeable  เน้น,ทำให้เด่น
celebratory – doing something enjoyable in order to show that an occasion or event is special; celebrating something or marking a special occasion
mood – the way you feel at a particular time อารมณ์
ignite – to (cause to) start burning or explode ก่อไฟ, จุด, จุดไฟ
order – the way in which people or things are placed or arranged in relation to each other ลำดับ
wire – to connect a building, piece of equipment, etc. to an electricity supply using wires  ต่อสายไฟ, เดินสายไฟ
reliable – that you can depend on; that can be trusted to work well เชื่อถือได้, ไว้ใจได้
strategy – a plan or method for achieving something, especially over a long period of time ยุทธวิธี, แผนการ  
fire extinguisher – a device which contains water or a special gas, powder or foam (= a mass of small bubbles) that is put onto a fire to stop it burning  เครื่องดับเพลิง
spot – the particular place where someone or something is  ที่, สถานที่
proud – feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with ภูมิใจ
reaction – the way something responds as a result of something that happens ปฏิกิริยา การตอบสนอง
memorable – likely to be remembered or worth remembering ซึ่งมีค่าน่าจดจำ, โดดเด่น
factor – a fact or situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
location – where someone or something is ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
budget – an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ
rare – not happening very often เกิดขึ้นได้ยาก
hire – to pay someone to work for you, especially for a short time จ้าง
preparation – things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready การตระเตรียม

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