Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fireworks Night!

Last Friday the UK celebrated Guy Fawkes Night (also called Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night) with fireworks and bonfires. This annual celebration held on the evening of 5 November marks the of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of conspirators (including Guy Fawkes) tried to blow up Houses of Parliament in London.

Last year we didn't even know that Guy Fawkes Night existed, until we had to research why there were fireworks going off all night. This year we were more prepared. We met some friends for the Banchory celebration complete with a huge bonfire, a effigy of Guy Fawkes and fireworks.

The kids were thrilled with the bonfire. We didn't get close enough to the fire to see the effigy, but it is tradition to burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes like the people of London did on the night in 1605 when the plot was foiled.

Both of the kids were looking forward to the fireworks, but they were a little unsure about how loud they would be. We watched some fireworks at a friend's Halloween party the week before and Joshua was quite disturbed by the ground fountains, but find with the flying, explosions.

As it turns out, the best way to enjoy beautiful, but noisy fireworks is with your ears plugged. Both kids put fingers in their ears during the entire display. Too funny! At least they enjoyed themselves. I would often hear a little yell about the color or beauty.

This last picture is for Joshua. He wanted to be sure I included a picture of the fireworks.

There are some more pictures of our bonfire night in the album Guy Fawkes Night 2010.

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