5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November, it will be on Monday, 5 November. But what is bonfire night, Why do we celebrate it?, Well here is 5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Bonfire Night.

It is also known as Guy Fawkes Night and Fireworks night, But traditionally, we call it bonfire night, You would have been taught a small part of its history in school when you were young.

5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Bonfire Night

The British tradition observes the failed plot by the Catholics. Roberts Catesby and Guy Fawkes along with there fellow conspirators tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I and his lords.

Reason 1 – History

The Gunpowder plot is part of the UK history, it is classed as one of the biggest terror threat the world ever saw. If the plotters succeeded, we wouldn’t have what we do have today.

5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Bonfire Night
A contemporary engraving of eight of the thirteen conspirators, by Crispijn van de Passe. Missing are Digby, Keyes, Rookwood, Grant, and Tresham. Image from Wikipedia for 5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Bonfire Night.

Reason 2 – Law

King James I, ordered everyone in the UK to build a huge bonfire to celebrate his long life. Commonly known back then, as Gunpowder Treason Day it was the law to hold this celebration because the King hadn’t been killed. But has 400 years have passed, it is not law anymore, and it is safer and acceptable to attend an organised bonfire display.

Image of a law hammer for 5 Reasons Why We Celebrate Bonfire Night.

Reason 3 – Lush, Lush, Food

Ahh, yes the perfect bonfire night food, you cannot have a bonfire and fireworks display without food and drink. A nice little fitting for those cold autumn evenings.

image of Traditional Potatoes wrapped in foil, Yorkshire Parkin on a blue plate, red Toffee Apples, Lancashire Bonfire Black Peas in a white bowl.

Reason 4 – Fireworks

I wish I could name every single firework on the market, but there are so many to choose from, Low noise to loud bangs. Fireworks have become the main highlights of bonfire night. Sit in your garden on the evening of the fireworks season, close your eyes, and you will be filled with the warm ambient of the sounds from distant back garden shows.

Reason 5 – Organised Shows

It says it all, your local fireworks display offers more than just a back garden, you can enjoy socialising with friends, meet up with family members and enjoy a massive bonfire and fireworks show at the same time. The scale of these events is in some cases much bigger and better, then that you can do at home.

Ultimately, we wish it could be bonfire night every evening. This tradition is part of the UK and it defines us. it is such a magical fixed date in our calendar and we should enjoy it with open arms.

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