Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night, Fireworks Night, they are all the same thing. A night in the calendar that many people look forward to, when bundled up in hat, coat, gloves, scarves and wellies (depending on the weather) they (we) proceed to the nearest event to stand in the cold and (on occasion) drizzle to watch a bonfire burn followed by an often (but not always) spectacular fireworks display. If you are not English or have never lived in Britain you will probably not have the faintest idea what this is all about. Why do we do this?
It is done to remember the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when the above named Mr Fawkes and a group of Catholics led by Robert Catesby tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with King James the First inside. It was Guy’s job to light the fuse that would set off the barrels of gunpowder hidden underneath the houses. The plot however, failed and Guy was caught and sentenced to death. The failed plot has been remembered with bonfires and fireworks on the 5th November ever since.
People traditionally made effigies of Fawkes, called ‘guys’ which were thrown onto the fires and burned. When I was little ‘guys’ were everywhere around this time but I can’t remember when I last saw one. I don’t think I’ve seen one put on a bonfire in the last 10yrs. I wonder if that’s because (like many holidays and festivals) the meaning behind this night has been lost? How many children I wonder, would know why we have bonfire night if asked, how many adults for that matter? And does it matter if they don’t know?
I, along with my housemates trooped to a display in our local park recently, bundled up as described above and watched a rather good fireworks display followed by a giant bonfire (no ‘guy’ in sight) and then trooped home again. I took my trusty DSLR along and although I didn’t get any award winning shots (sad face) I hope you enjoy the posted pics 🙂