Firework Night! 

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.

32 thoughts on “Firework Night! 

  1. I love a good firework show! that last one you posted is probably my favorite ones to see. happy to see that you celebrated the 5th of Nov right 🙂

    xo, JJ

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      1. i remember the biggest display i saw in Hong Kong years ago and the fireworks were loaded on a barge then lit up. stunning! yes i enjoyed the story behind it, heard about it before but forgot about it until i read your post.

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  2. So cool! I love fireworks. When they fall down towards you, it almost feels like you’re being drawn up into the sky! We don’t celebrate Nov 5th, but I wish we did! We only have fireworks in the summer time for some reason.

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    1. I love fireworks too. It does! A lot of the fireworks start to fall like falling stars or explode to look like planets. They looked really cool☺ Fireworks in the summer is nice as you don’t freeze, but when it’s a very dark night you can really appreciate them x


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