In 1605, thirteen men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Among them was Guy Fawkes, Britain’s most notorious traitor. Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on the 5th of November. Its history begins with the events on November 5, 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot
, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. We decided to join in the celebration by attending the fireworks at Ravenscourt Park, a short walk from our flat. We really had no idea what to expect besides the fireworks, and we walked into a FULL OUT carnival! It was glorious!!
We walked around the whole park to get the full effect and finally settled on a bag of donuts, because who could really pass those up!!
The celebrations culminate with a firework display choreographed to ‘Superhero’ music including: Spiderman, Batman, Superman, and a few others. It wasn’t Disney or 4th of July in Boston or Thunder over Louisville or Labor Day in Cincinnati, but it was still good!! We had a great time and enjoyed supporting our local borough!
*Fun fact: The Houses of Parliament are still searched by the Yeomen of the Guard before the state opening which has been held in November since 1928. The idea is to ensure no modern-day Guy Fawkes is concealed in the cellars.