This Saturday was BONFIRE NIGHT! To me, it seems like the holiday is just an excuse to set off fireworks and I really don’t know how it became a holiday at all. But I don’t mind because I LOVE fireworks!
Bonfire Night, the 5th of November, is also known as Guy Fawkes Night, after a guy who was part of the “Gunpowder Plot”in 1605. Basically, for all the Americans like me who know nothing about this holiday, a group of 13 Catholic men wanted to overthrow the Protestant monarchy. When Elizabeth I, a Protestant, died, her third cousin, son of the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, became king. However, the new King James I didn’t reinstate the Catholic rule many people wanted/expected. These 13 guys, according to BBC online (wow I’ve been writing too many essays lately), ended up infiltrating Parliament and smuggling 36 barrels of gunpowder into a vault directly below the House of Lords. The plot was to blow up Parliament on the opening, but somehow the King’s men were alerted, discovered the gunpowder, and tortured the information out of Guy Fawkes who was pretending to be a servant. All the other men from the plot were either killed in a gunfight or captured and taken to the Tower of London. Ultimately, 8 of the remaining men were convicted for treason and hung.
And that’s worth celebrating?
Other than fireworks, there are also always big bonfires (surprise), and often people literally burn effigies (sculptures/ dummies) of Guy Fawkes in the bonfires. Kinda morbid sounding.
However, I had a great night and didn’t burn anybody in the fire. We went to the fairgrounds where there were fireworks, a bonfire, and also loads of rides and tons of food (sort of like a smaller version of the goose fair). Some of us went on a ride that was SO fun and cool (it went upside down a lot) and we could even see the fireworks from the ride! It was the best view ever!
The bonfire itself was actually a little disappointing, to be honest. The night was FREEZING and there were fences up so we couldn’t even get close enough to warm up.
I know everyone tries to take firework pictures and they never really turn out and they all look the same and kind of crappy but I took some anyway because that’s what I do.
These two wanted to be featured on here, and coincidentally, I have the most adorable picture of them ever, so meet Phoebe and Rory! ❤
We went to a cafe and drank yummy Cadbury’s hot chocolate to warm up after the fair. Man I’m going to miss the chocolate here. It’s so much better than ours. It was a super fun/British/cold evening!
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart throughout generations.