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Bonfire Night - 5th Of November.
That's a good fire you've got going there lads...
Ahh bonfire night, you lovely tradition, you. When its cold and dark and miserable at the beginning of November we can all look forward to warming ourselves on a fire and setting off some great big fireworks at night!!
What Is Bonfire Night?
Bonfire night was first known as Guy Fawkes Night in England to commemorate the failing of blowing up parliament in 1605, known as the Gunpowder Plot. Just in case you don’t know about it, here is some quick wiki-stole information!
How Did It Become A National Day Of Celebration?
The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England's Parliament on 5 November 1605, as the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands during which James's nine-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state.
The point is, they got caught and those who escaped alive were executed, and they as well as those who did not escape alive, had their bodies hung drawn and quartered.
Well people were rather glad about the king surviving and the local councils allowed people to light bonfires in celebration and this snowballed to the churches ringing bells, people sharing food and so on until we come to the modern-day version.
Bonfire Night These Days.
Most kids are taught the condensed version of the song,
“Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.”
Which is cut down from a 1742 long-winded version of the song that people would sing as they collected firewood.
If we’re honest though the actual meaning behind bonfire night has gone, hence why it is no long Guy Fawkes Night. Burning an effigy has all but gone too, so has asking for a penny, its mainly about enjoying the bonfire and fireworks and some food together. It’s a good excuse to have a nice time with friends and family.
Some towns still do celebrate old-style, Lewes for example goes mental and carries great flaming things down the streets for everyone in the town to coo at. But most of us make-do with some fireworks at home or going to a town-ran celebration.
So, lets talk about bonfire night.
Remember - sparklers are hot! Dispose carefully!! You've all seen the horrific adverts on telly about losing an eye from a sparkler!