4.11.06

Bonfire Night



"Remember, Remember the 5th of November-Gunpowder, Treason and Plot..."
A big tradition here in England is to celebrate the 5th of November every year. It's officially called Guy Faulkes night, but the nickname is "Bonfire Night". Guy Faulkes was involved in a plot on 5 November 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliment (where Big Ben is) with gunpowder. He was not successful obviously and was burned at the stake for treason. Bonfire Night started off as a celebration every year to act as a reminder to not mess w/the government and that democracy works. Now people don't really think of it this way, only just as a night to enjoy fireworks and probably a few too many pints (what else is new!!).
We went with James' parents up to the "Heath" in Blackheath Village (A huge flat grassy area) for the festivities where we go every year. The fireworks were absolutely amazing and lasted a whole half hour and were set to music. Unfortunately the pictures I've posted don't do the fireworks justice as these were the only ones that turned out and they were a lot more spectacular. Although from the pics you can see how the moon was full! It was darn cold because it was such a clear night but was a great excuse to bundle up with our warm coats and scarves!

2 comments:

Celestia said...

Great site Christine! Glad to see you on here! It's been a while!!

Angela said...

Wow! How did you get these firework pictures to take so well? I am impressed.