Bonfire Night is a great day in the year to celebrate; it’s filled with lots of fun and fireworks, bonfires, music, games, food, families and friends.
Wrapping up warm with cosy gloves, hat and scarfs, children love to be given a sparkler to see how they can spell their names out in the dark air; or to watch as the Catherine Wagon Wheel firework goes off into the sky, giving off bright shining colours of golds, blues, purples, greens and all the rest of the colours of the rainbow!
Sparklers are fun, but always supervise children with them and never give them to a child under five. Light sparklers one at a time, wear gloves and put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water. Fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage.
It is also the time of the year you see “Penny for the Guy”, consisting of children creating life-like dolls to which they are given spare change by passers-by on streets or shop entrances.
But what is it we are really celebrating and how did it come about?
Fawkes belonged to a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot and later died in 1606.
Born and educated in York, Fawkes converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years’ War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformators.
They planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne on 5th November in 1605.
The plotters secured the lease to an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. However, authorities were tipped off with an anonymous letter and searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, finding and capturing Fawkes with the explosives.
He was questioned and tortured and eventually he broke. Before his execution on, he jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, avoiding the agony of the drawing and quartering that followed.
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In the mean-time, how about making one of these traditional foods; such as hot jacket potatoes wrapped in tin foil, with casseroles, hot dogs and hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire.
Bonfire Night is a fantastic way to bring the family together and have fun; the smell and sounds of a bonfire crackling, filling the air with black smoke and roaring heat; perfect for an autumn evening.
Why not celebrate Bonfire Night with these fun Ulster Weaver suggestions, to dazzle up your evening?