Nothing does your head in quite like seeing a firework display next to a Christmas tree. The 5th of November is a fiery holiday here. A holiday that nobody told us about! We found out about this festive nugget last week. I adore fireworks, call me a pyro but I have always loved everything from the big explosions to sparklers.
This weekend our country is celebrating “Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night.” Stay with me on this one.
On the night of November 5th, throughout Britain, we commemorate the capture of Guy Fawkes with bonfires and fireworks, and by burning an effigy of Guy.
Heartwarming, isn’t it? Picture something from a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Back in 1605 13 blokes planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, Britain’s most notorious traitor, was in the crew. As you guessed, the plot was foiled and Guy was caught in the basement of parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder. He was then tortured and executed. You can read the whole plot and history of the holiday here.
I have no idea how the weekend with turn out, but I’ve been seeing fireworks go off all week. Considering it gets dark here at 5, this could be trouble. And I like it.
Cheers to you Guy, today we salute you Mr Prince of Pyrotechnic, without your undying commitment we might have had a cold, quiet November night.