A question everyone asks once in their life, being brief, Bonfire night is when we all come together as a community and set off fireworks, and enjoy traditional Bonfire.
What Is Bonfire Night In The UK
Bonfire Night or if you prefer Guy Fawkes day, Guy Fawkes night is always on the 5th of November. Bonfire night can be enjoyed at any age group from toddler ages to the elderly.
Guy Fawkes has gone through many stages over the 400 years and is still pretty much alive and thriving with consumers and with home ambient living.
The Lost Past
Images below show between 1900 and 1990s, children across England, built homemade effigies, These would then be placed in wooden trolleys, or wheelbarrows.
children of all age groups would go knocking on doors asking for penny a guy, This then would in return help them buy fireworks to go on their massive community built bonfires.
(Images, Photographer: Geoff Charles (1909-2002))
This was a huge undertaking tradition that is very much not seen today, Children would go around asking Neighbours and local shop owners for old furniture and pallets to help build these huge bonfires.
Why Do We Celebrate
Guy Fawkes night is an old English tradition, If you travel back 400 years, it was to celebrate with great fires for the failed plot to kill King James VI of Scotland and I of England.
Come back over 400 years we celebrate with small garden bonfires and regulated fireworks. We still keep the old traditional food around bonfires such as cooked jacket potatoes and Yorkshire parkin.
Even include school children and home activity of building Guy Fawkes effigies for the local firework displays or for the DIY Garden fireworks display.
Modern Day Bonfire Night
This audio clip below was taken in my home back garden, As you can hear there wasn’t much popping of wood from bonfires, But what you do prominently hear, is fireworks and people.
Some fireworks were close by and other fireworks were in the distance, more prominent of bangs is from a local fireworks display that took place for Guy Fawkes.
It is Not Declining
Modern Bonfire night is not declining, In most situations it is more of a priority of when and where we can use fireworks and have bonfires.
Given the fact that today doesn’t present with bonfires in every garden or at every community display, That is down to Health and safety with restricting how big and what risk of unsafe in the surrounding environment, nor do we hear the old English Guy Fawkes rhyme, remember remember, the 5th of November as much in the streets, only used in school that still teach this English tradition.
The purchase of fireworks go up each year with record sales of almost going out of stock on every product says so much different, If you hear the clip above and in the distances, these are the back garden families who are keeping a 400-year-old England tradition going for as long as they can.
Almost every year, you can guarantee a display is held on a weekend before the 5th of November date or the weekend after, depending on the day bonfire night lands on. Fireworks are set off weeks before the date and almost days or weeks after the date.
Regardless of all these online articles expressing themselves with titles, such as “Is bonfire night dampened” “Has Halloween eclipsed bonfire night” “Bonfire Night a dying tradition”. many people still love the whole ambient of Guy Fawkes, Yes we may share it with Halloween and Diwali but looking at recent years and ask any dedicated firework shop, Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night is not declining and it going to take 100s of years before we see a serious result of it doing so.
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