I have a love-hate relationship with Bonfire Night. I absolutely love bonfires – I love sitting around a fire and chatting and maybe even telling stories. On the other hand, I hate fireworks and have done so since I can remember.
One year we went to a local bonfire where they set off some really loud, massive fireworks. My grandparents gave me a cassette player with headphones and I listened to Christmas music before asking my Grandma to take me back to hers because I didn’t like it at all!
I know it wasn’t bonfire night last night but the family and I all have work tomorrow and so decided to celebrate it last night instead.
Why do we light bonfires? Well, grab your cups of tea! There was a man, now famous, called Guy Fawkes and he was a part of the Gunpowder plot in 1605 – to blow up King James I and his government. The whole plot was because of religion and the fact that they wanted England to become a Catholic country again – hence wanting to get rid of the current government and their ruler.
Guy Fawkes and his group grabbed 36 barrels of gunpowder and shoved them under the Houses of Parliament (in London). They were all ready to go and planned to go through with it on November 5th. However, one man in Fawkes’ group sent a letter to a friend he had in the parliament and warned him to stay away from the place on said day. Supporters of the King somehow got a hold of the letter and the plot against the King and his men failed.
Guards broke into the cellars where Fawkes’ and his group were waiting and they were all arrested, tortured and executed. People then gathered and lighted bonfires to celebrate the safety of the King, and since that day, it has become a tradition throughout the country.
I may not be the biggest fan of fireworks but I do love sparklers and managed to light a couple on the night. I’d also like to mention how cold it was. That jumper you see? There’s about four other layers on underneath that, ha-ha! 😀
I’ve just enjoyed a week off work and last night was the cherry on the cake – I loved it so much and might even plan on just lighting some more fires after dark some weekends, just so I can sit out and reflect or read more stories.
I hope you all had or have a great night too and thank you so much for viewing this post. I hope you have a lovely and safe day/night wherever you are in the world~!