The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
“The Fifth of November”, English Folk Verse (c.1870)
It’s the fifth of November, Guy Fawkes’ Night or Bonfire Night here in England. For those of you who don’t also live in England, it is a celebration of the night an assassination attempt on the House of Parliament and the King was foiled and the government was preserved. For a long time, it also had some pretty heavy Catholic vs. Protestant overtones, but those days are past now.
The celebration is really a lot of fun here. It is all the fun of a fall festival! They have the procession and the lighting of the bonfire. There’s a fair with a midway and carnival-type atmosphere. There’s rides and fair food! Then it’s all followed up by a spectacular firework display. If you ever wanted the British equivalent to 4th of July, I would suggest that this is it. Last year, we went to Guildford with some friends and participated in the torchlight procession.
Fast forward to today… the same friend texted me that Bonfire Night was tonight. My response this year?
“Sweet. Have fun!”
Life sure does change in a year…
We come out ahead. 🙂
Derek and Libby
PS… Libby always gives me grief for this, but this is my zombie impression for Halloween.