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: