Fireworks and Bonfires

About mid-October, we began noticing Fireworks being sold–everywhere. We originally thought it was some unusual UK tradition for the start of Christmas season over here. Little did we know!

In reality, every November 5, Great Britain commemorates Guy Fawkes Night (aka Bonfire Night and Firework Night.) The very much abbreviated history lesson here is that on November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes was caught guarding explosives placed beneath the House of Lords. He was in cahoots with some other bad guys, but it looks like he picked the proverbial short straw on guarding the actual explosives. So he was caught, hanged, drawn and quartered.

Because the King had survived an attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London.

Today people shoot off fireworks to celebrate the failed assassination attempt, which is great since we missed fireworks this year. But the funny part to us-the Riverbiscuits-is they also light a bonfire and have a man (Guy Fawkes) on top to burn to death.

Well, mother nature was not cooperating this year and it rained on the 5th, so our neighbors had us over on the 6th to burn a little man doll and shoot off fireworks. The little one loved the fireworks (from inside the conservatory) and we had a great time learning about the history of the night. Our apologies for no pictures this time around…but who can take good fireworks pictures while chasing a little one around?

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One Response to Fireworks and Bonfires

  1. Bryan DeBolt says:

    I read this yesterday and it made me happy to know that you guys got to see some fireworks this year. I am sure it was nothing like the events thrown in our neighborhood for the 4th but at least you got something. Hope to see you for a little while when you are home for the holidays. We miss you all and hope things are going well.
    Bryan and Debra

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