On Saturday it was Bonfire Night in the UK. Bonfire Night is celebrated on the 5th November each year and is also referred to as Firework Night or Guy Fawkes.
So why do we celebrate?
On the 5th November 1605, Guy Fawkes and other conspirators tried to blow up Parliament using gunpowder. Unhappy with the poor treatment of Catholics by King James I, they wanted to assassinate him.
Before the gunpowder could be lit and explode, Guy Fawkes was arrested. Bonfires were lit to celebrate the safety of King James I and Bonfire Night was born.
How do we celebrate?
Whilst November 5th is actual Bonfire Night, firework displays tend to be held on the weekend closest to the date. Bonfires are lit, effigies of Guy Fawkes and other villains are burnt and warm food like soup and burgers are consumed.
‘Penny for the Guy’ is also tradition (although it’s died out lately), where people would create a homemade cloth version of Guy Fawkes and ask on the street for a ‘Penny for the Guy’.
On Firework Night we started with sparklers in our back garden.
Before going to watch a display.
Below is a video of the beautiful fireworks we watched.
As the poem goes:
Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.