As we are now in Autumn, we can start to get excited about the upcoming celebrations that make the colder months a lot more exciting and cheerful than they would otherwise be. There is Halloween, and then bonfire night or Fireworks Day on 5th November. You may have heard the saying ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November’. If you are not from the UK, you may wonder why November 5th is celebrated with fireworks. If you are lucky, you may have seen people burning stuffed effigies called the ‘Guy’. This isn’t meant to be just any old guy, they represent Guy Fawkes, who conspired against the government to blow up parliament. He wasn’t successful as he was caught red-handed with the gunpowder, he planned with others to destroy parliament. This has been named ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ and it happened in the year 1605.
Perhaps to make an example of Guy Fawkes, and so people never forget that you should never conspire against the government, Guy Fawkes’ mistake is still remembered. He is remembered as a traitor to the country hence people make large stuffed dolls to burn on 5th November.
If you want to celebrate bonfire night like you never celebrated it before, perhaps to make up for the lack of celebrations last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, here are some ways you can do it:
- Invite some family and friends over to your house or decide between you and your friends where to celebrate. Ideally, it will be somewhere that has enough outdoor space to set off fireworks safely, and have a bonfire.
- Next, buy some good-quality fireworks that have good reviews. The last thing you want is fireworks that don’t set off. Make sure to have a variation of types and colours to make things interesting for everyone. Read up on firework safety to make sure you won’t risk your safety or other peoples. You can buy some sparklers for children to enjoy as well, as long as they have adult supervision. The sparklers that are different colours are especially exciting.
- Two things that can make bonfire night a bit unpleasant for some are the cold and the loud noise of the fireworks, which can frighten dogs and children. To prevent these things from becoming a deterrent for people to attend, you can encourage people to wear earmuffs or even ear protectors. Tell everyone to dress as warmly as possible. If you want to look stylish but still keep as warm as possible, Aran sweaters are perfect as they are knitted in such a way that they protect you from the cold. You can buy Womens Aran Sweaters from Shamrock Gift.
- You can make firework inspired food such as biscuits with firework decorations or fruit rockets that look like fireworks. You could ask people to each bring some food or drinks for everyone to enjoy so there is plenty for all those attending the party.
- Lastly, as well as the fireworks, you could set up some glow in the dark party games to make things extra memorable.