Here in Britain November 5th is a Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night. For the past 3 years we always seem to be out of town when it is celebrated but this year we stay home. Most Americans have probably never heard of Guy Fawkes, I know I hadn't until I lived here.
In 1605 Guy Fawkes and other conspirators tried to blow up the house of Lords in hopes of killing King James the First. The plot was discovered and the group were executed. Since then every Nov 5th many villages have a bonfire night and fireworks to celebrate the failing of the plot. In some communities a effigy of Guy Fawkes is made and thrown on top of the Bonfire.
The children and I studied this part of history last year but were unable to take part in the festivities. So this year we purchased a few fireworks and the children enjoyed setting off a few fireworks to celebrate.
Our local village had a much better firework show that we enjoyed attending:) But no bonfire:(, we really must find one and make sure we attend before we return to the states.
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