Moved from the United States to the United Kingdom… and back to the United States. Currently in long-term limbo. My good, bad & ugly experiences as a former expatriate and (possibly) permanent repatriate (who'll continue traveling no matter what).

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Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night) is an annual celebration observed on the night of November 5th involving fireworks displays and, of course, bonfires involving Guy Fawkes effigies (and sometimes Pope effigies) throughout cities & towns in the United Kingdom (and some other countries). (Food is a major bonus.) Guy Fawkes attempted to overthrow King James I on November 5, 1605 in what’s now known as the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. He & his co-conspirators got caught & executed and the king’s subjects, only knowing that an uprising almost happened (they didn’t know the who/what/where/when/why behind the attempted uprising), celebrated their king being saved by having celebratory bonfires.

I bought myself some bangers & crumpets to eat in solidarity. ;-) There have also been fireworks going off throughout the week in my area, as well as other areas through which I travel. When this occurred last year, I didn’t know much about the celebrations and thought that the fireworks were gunshots. (I grew up in a rough neighborhood so I can’t always tell the difference between the two.) Now that I’m settled in here, I not only know what the noises are, I’ve also taken on a few British customs – Bonfire Night being one of them. One of my co-workers also gave me some history about it because a few months ago, there were rumors that a certain council wasn’t going to celebrate this year (those rumors were later confirmed to be false), and since I only knew the basics about the celebrations she was kind enough to send me some information about the full history.

‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!’

A children’s song for Bonfire Night

Toffee apple bangers.

Toffee apple bangers.

Local fireworks.

Local fireworks.

Wanna learn more about this festive celebration and its history? Take a look at the links below.

Guy Fawkes http://www.guyfawkes.me.uk/

Bonfire Night http://www.bonfirenight.net/

Guy Fawkes Night (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night

Bonfire Night recipes (BBC Good Food) http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/recipes/occasions/bonfire-night/

Gunpowder Plot of 1605 http://www.gunpowder-plot.org/

What if the Gunpowder Plot had succeeded? (The Telegraph) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8870255/What-if-Guy-Fawkess-Gunpowder-Plot-had-succeeded-in-1605.html

Guy Fawkes mask inspires Occupy protests worldwide (CNN) http://articles.cnn.com/2011-11-04/world/world_europe_guy-fawkes-mask_1_mask-protests-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange?_s=PM:EUROPE

Guy Fawkes Day: Remembering the straw man, bonfires, and treacle toffee http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/10799095-guy-fawkes-day-remembering-the-straw-man-bonfires-and-treacle-toffee

9 responses

  1. Some of my best childhood memories are of Bonfire Night. The fire-baked potatoes, the treacle toffee, the parkin…have you discovered parkin yet? I think it’s more of a northern thing, so maybe you haven’t. Imagine gingerbread made with molasses and medium-fine oatmeal….mmmmmm. The longer you keep it, the better it gets.

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    November 7, 2011 at 17:01

    • Spinster

      Nope, never heard of parkin or treacle toffee; gonna have to look those up. I know about sticky toffee though, and it’s well past time that I have some. :-|

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      November 7, 2011 at 21:36

      • Treacle toffee — find a branch of Thornton’s, at once! Theirs is really good. (Although I did hear they were closing quite a few of their shops, sadly.)

        http://www.thorntons.co.uk/ourstores/Thorntons/

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        November 7, 2011 at 23:39

        • Spinster

          This went to Spam for some reason, so apologies for the delay. Gonna check the site out now. Thanks.

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          November 8, 2011 at 20:24

  2. Always heard about Guy Fawkes night and read about it – someday hope to actually see it – meanwhile thanks for the pixs

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    November 7, 2011 at 20:30

    • Spinster

      You’re welcome, and thank you for stopping by. :-)

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      November 7, 2011 at 21:37

  3. MrsNumbles

    That’s one thing I’m looking forward to, is observing both UK and US holiday traditions with the hubby. Thanks for the quick background….will check out the links, too!

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    November 8, 2011 at 01:52

    • Spinster

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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      November 8, 2011 at 20:21

  4. Spinster

    Reblogged this on Spinster's Compass and commented:

    Reblogging my own blog post. Cheesy? Yes. Do I care? Not really. It saves me the energy of writing another post about today. ;-)

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    November 5, 2012 at 22:30

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