Happy bonfire night! The fifth of November is one of my favorite holidays. Celebrated in Commonwealth countries (The UK, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, etc.), bonfire night commemorates Guy Fawkes and his compatriots who tried to blow up Parliament in London in 1605. Celebrating that King James escaped the “Gunpowder Plot,” the country lit bonfires to celebrate. Now, Guy Fawkes day is more of a celebration of government that is more democratic by nature (rather than at the sole discretion of the monarch). So it seems completely American to celebrate bonfire night and those who have fought for freedom throughout the ages. This Wikipedia article has a better description of the events surrounding Guy Fawkes and his legacy for a basic overview.
Next year I would love to throw a Guy Fawkes party. I’m talking lighting something on fire, getting sparklers, making s’mores, and maybe even a showing of Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones, Love Actually or Never Been Kissed.
So, what do you think about Guy Fawkes day? Would you celebrate it?