The 5th of November is Bonfire Night. A night to celebrate the failed gunpowder plot, where Guy Fawkes was caught red handed trying to blow up the houses of parliament in 1605. Traditionally, children would walk through the streets with a ‘guy’ doll asking for a ‘penny for the guy’. This money was then used for fireworks and wood for the evening’s festivities. Guy is then placed on top of the bonfire and set alight while displays fill the sky.
Remember Remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match,
So, holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring,
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
The tradition of Bonfire Night
The tradition of Bonfire Night has spread across oceans. Originally only England celebrated, but now they actively celebrate it in New Zealand and Canada amongst others.
We have already told you how to cater for your bonfire night, with our Murphy Stove, in our bonfire night bonanza blog post. If you chose to go out and join in the celebration, one of the biggest firework displays is in Kent. It has a 30ft celebrity ‘guy’ that is secret each year. The past ones have included Cherie Blair and John McCirick. So, I wonder who it will be tonight?
Let us see your bonfire night celebrations below. Remember we are launching a huge competition in November and your photography skills will be a big part of this! We can’t wait to see your entries.