Citizens around the UK light bonfires and enjoy fireworks on the 5th November every year. There’s even a saying people say or sing on the run-up to it which is: Remember, remember the 5th of November. It’s to mark the Bonfire Night.
While it might seem like a great opportunity to have fun with friends and family, there’s actually a historical reason why we do this every year.
So, What is Bonfire Night All About?
On 5th November, people around the United Kingdom celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks, bonfires, sparklers and toffee apples. Some may have small fireworks parties in their back yards, while towns and villages may have coordinated shows in public parks.
The reason we ‘re doing so is that it’s the anniversary of an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. It has since been called The Gunpowder Plot.
Traditionally, when we light bonfires to remember this occasion, there will be a scarecrow man on top of them. It’s called the ‘Guy’, and it’s a kind of doll that portrays a man who was part of the plot named Guy Fawkes.
What was the Gunpowder Plot?
Guy (Guido) Fawkes was part of the Gunpowder plot in 1605. He was attempting to blow up King James I and his government.
It was because of faith. England was a Protestant republic, and the plotters were Catholics. They wanted England to be Catholic again, which they thought they could do if King James I and his ministers were killed.
So, Fawkes and his party placed 36 barrels of gunpowder in their cellars under the Houses of Parliament in London, ready to set off a huge explosion. However, a member of the Fawkes Party sent a letter to his friend, who worked in the Parliament, urging him to stay away on 5th November.
The supporters of the King got hold of the letter, and the scheme was rumbled! Guards burst into the basements where the gunpowder plotters were waiting. The men involved were then arrested and executed.
What Fireworks Are Used On Bonfire Night?
People launch a huge range of fireworks on bonfire night from super loud bangers to spinning Catherine wheels in the garden with the kids writing their names in thin are with sparklers. Here’s a look at some of the bonfire night fireworks we recommend taking a look at: