Bonfire Night is celebrated all across UK every 5th of November. Parties, bonfires and fireworks displays are attended by thousands to commemorate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot. Learn more about this celebration after the break.
The first bonfire night was celebrated in 1605 to celebrate the survival of King James I. A few months after the event, an act was enforced and since then, Gunpowder Treason Day became an annual celebration. The Observance of 5th November Act of 1605 is also called the Thanksgiving Act, for the thanksgiving of the Gunpowder Plot failure. Gunpowder Treason Day is also known as Guy Fawkes Day.
During the first few years, the celebration was not as festive as it is today. Back then, people burnt effigies of the pope as a form of protest for Catholicism. Over the years, the violence and protests associated with the celebration toned down. Today, instead of being a form of protest, Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm. There are fireworks displays, bonfires and street parties during the yearly event.
A few days before the fifth of November, children are seen roaming the streets asking for pennies. Friends and family members gather to partake in extravagant meals. During celebrations, Guy Fawkes effigies or even dried leaves and twigs are tossed into the bonfire. The night usually ends with a big fireworks display.
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