Green Man (PGI)

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The "Green Man" is a figure associated with the Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI). He appears on the Guild's emblem and was selected from John Bate's 1635 fireworks treatise, "The Second Booke" , to symbolize the long tradition of using fireworks as an essential part of festivals and celebrations - at that time led by so-called "Green Men" appointed to head processions with a "Fire Club" shooting sparks. They were called "Green Men" because they clothed themselves with fresh leaves to protect themselves from sparks produced by their hand-held fireworks. This gave rise to the traditional salutation 'Stay Green' amongst those involved with fireworks.

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