That time of the year is upon us again, Well it is if you british… November 5th is of course Bonfire night…
on November 5th to mark the failed Gunpowder Plot.
The tradition of Guy Fawkes-related bonfires actually began the very same year as the failed coup. The Plot was foiled in the night between the 4th and 5th of November 1605. Already on the 5th, agitated Londoners who knew little more than that their King had been saved, joyfully lit bonfires in thanksgiving. As years progressed, however, the ritual became more elaborate.
Soon, people began placing effigies onto bonfires, and fireworks were added to the celebrations. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and sometimes those of the Pope, graced the pyres. Still today, some communities throw dummies of both Guy Fawkes and the Pope on the bonfire (and even those of a contemporary politician or two), although the gesture is seen by most as a quirky tradition, rather than an expression of hostility towards the Pope.
Preparations for Bonfire Night celebrations include making a dummy of Guy Fawkes, which is called “the Guy”. Some children even keep up an old tradition of walking in the streets, carrying “the Guy” they have just made, and beg passersby for “a penny for the Guy.” The kids use the money to buy fireworks for the evening festivities.
On the night itself, Guy is placed on top of the bonfire, which is then set alight; and fireworks displays fill the sky.
The extent of the celebrations and the size of the bonfire varies from one community to the next. Lewes, in the South East of England, is famous for its Bonfire Night festivities and consistently attracts thousands of people each year to participate.
Bonfire Night is not only celebrated in Britain. The tradition crossed the oceans and established itself in the British colonies during the centuries. It was actively celebrated in New England as “Pope Day” as late as the 18th century. Today, November 5th bonfires still light up in far out places like New Zealand and Newfoundland in Canada.
Problem being Alex also Had Karate ..
My suggestion we all go to the fireworks , take Alex in his gear already for Karate and then take him to his lesson after the fireworks, He does a double one anyway so it wouldnt matter if he missed the first one…
But No… Allan decided it would be easier if he took Alex to Karate and Jo and I went with Ali and Adam.
I did say to Allan about Alex wanting to see the fireworks but he said he had already spoken to him and it was ok.
So off we all went in our separate ways…..
Allan took Alex to Karate..
While we were at the fireworks we got Alex,Adam and Ali a sword that lights up to play with.. I of course got Alex one as I didnt want him to be left out…We get home, Ali goes to bed… Allan gets back with Alex about 9pm and when he found out we had been to the firework display at the school he got quite stressy about it, Even though I had given him his light sword thingy..
He went to bed and just as Allan is having his dinner we could hear crying upstairs.. and I mean real crying.. I went up and Alex is really upset about missing the fireworks. so I told him we had done a video of them and taken some pictures.. and he could see them in the morning… I came back down stairs but he still carried on crying..
Life would of been so much easier if he had just missed that first Karate Lesson 🙄anyway here is the video (click the link) and some pictures..