Halloween left us with lots of good memories and a lot of paint stains on our faces as well… Oh how hard it was to get all of that paint out! The halloween party was great and left us wanting more fun times…
Now that everyone is recovered from the tricks or treats, it’s time to spend the weekend enjoying the November cold weather by a bonfire. Today the celebrations for Guy Fawkes Night begin with lots of firework displays and bonfire parties all over town!
If you are not British you probably don’t know who this Guy Fawkes must have been or why there’s a night dedicated to him, so I will try to summarise it as it is quite an interesting and important part of British culture: Guy (Guido) Fawkes led a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I and destroy his government, in 1605. This potential massive tragedy was only avoided because a member of the group had a friend who worked with King James I, and so sent him a letter warning him not to go to work on the 5th of November. That letter was found by the Kings’s soldiers, who discovered Guy hidden in the cellar, arrested and tortured him.
Ever since, the night of the 5th of November is celebrated all over Britain. It is really common for friends and families to get together, light a bonfire and burn a Guy Fawkes “guy” (see picture below) – a sort of mannequin with all of Guy Fawkes’ features. Firework displays also take over the city, and beautiful presentations can be seen everywhere.
If you want to check that for yourself here is a list of recommended Guy Fawkes celebration events, happening tomorrow and on Sunday:
Bishop’s Park SW6 3LA
Fulham celebrates Guy Fawkes Night in traditional style with a spectacular fireworks display plus a funfair and food stalls. There’s a special children’s show at 7.15pm.
Ealing Cricket Club W5 2HS
Located at the Ealing Cricket Club, the fireworks display this year celebrates the Diamond Jubilee year.
Enfield Town Park EN2 6TW
The 2012 display will be the Enfield District Scouts 38th year!
Millwall Park E14 3AY
Tower Hamlets Council is proud to present Three Community Fireworks displays across the borough in 2012.
Our staff and students are going to see the Southwark fireworks exhibition next Monday in Canada Water. Wanna join us?