Bonfire Night Traditions

Below sets out the traditions of bonfire night in the UK, The reason why we celebrate Bonfire Night, is that of the failed plot to kill King James 1. Also Known as Guy Fawkes Night, it is a yearly tradition, and what we pass on to our future generations.

Every year on 5th November, the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby is remembered.

The fireworks are a reminder of the 36 barrels of gunpowder the plotters hid in the cellar of Parliament.


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Main towns and cities, such has bonfire night London, and much more, offer there very best of local firework displays in there own unique community.


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Traditional Food

As well as burning effigy of Guy Fawkes or unpopular celebrities, the bonfires were used to cook potatoes wrapped in foil and to heat up soup for the crowds that come to watch the fireworks.

Did you know, there are a few traditional foods that we used to eat during the November 5th holiday. Was black-eyed peas and parking cake.

Another interesting guy Fawkes facts is the “remember remember the 5th of november poem“. Over 400 years there have been hundreds of chants and rhymes, been said during each generation across the UK region.

Effigies, are built made out of old clothes stuffed with paper or straw. Communities and schools on occasions, hold competitions to who can build the best guy during the run-up to bonfire night uk.

Penny for the Guy

During the past generation, children used to take their home-made Effigies out on the streets and ask for “a penny for the Guy” to buy fireworks.