I mentioned months ago how Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes night are both two of my favourite events of the entire year, so of course I had to write about bonfire night!
I won’t be going out for it this year as I’m house sitting, as well as working so I’ll be staying in and listening to fireworks going off outside… Plus I might be naughty and watch people’s fireworks near where I live.
For those who may not know about Guy Fawkes and how we came to have Bonfire Night, I shall leave a quote here about it (taken from Wikipedia):
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.
So now you know!
I love bonfire night, the smell it leaves behind and how everyone stands shivering by a fire, waiting for fireworks to go off and knowing the UK it’ll be raining at the same time.
There’s just something so relaxing and somewhat soothing about a huge bonfire and it’s something I miss standing in front of every year at bonfire parties. You can keep warm stood in front of it and if you have plenty of things to burn it’s fun to throw everything on there and watch it burn away and to hear the crackling noise it makes as it burns whatever it on the fire.
Everyone loves sparklers as a kid and still do as they grow up. Playing about with a sparkler as a child you were told to wear your woolly gloves to prevent your hands burning and a bucket of water would be on standby, ready for you to throw your finished sparkler into. As soon as it was lit you had about a minute to write whatever rubbish your heart desired and the first thing you’ll write is usually your name. Then after that you’ll write jargon such as “hello” or “I love you” or maybe even draw some stars or a heart. As soon as your minute is up, you shout, “I want another one!” before you’ve even thrown the used up sparkler into the bucket of water. These days I’m not as adorable and cute with a sparkler as I used to be, for a start I don’t wear gloves and whilst I still write my name, I then write a bunch of crude words and swear words, giggling my arse off as I pop the used up sparkler in the bucket of water. I can’t wait to buy some of these, I intend to try and do some fancy photography with them as soon as possible!
Fireworks are my least favourite part about bonfire night, of course with the bonfire itself taking first place, but there’s nothing wrong with watching some big and colourful explosions taking off in the sky, is there? They’re perfect to take pictures of and I’m so excited to try and take some pictures of some this year, as whilst I won’t be going out for bonfire night, there will be plenty of opportunities until New Years Eve/Day to take some. People go wild with fireworks at this time of year, even setting them off in the day whilst it’s still light, which drives me mad! By the way, when I was looking for the above image of fireworks, all I kept being shown was Katy Perry. Not impressed, I don’t like her music, especially that song… Eww.
I would have loved to have gone out this year for bonfire night, but alas due to work, thus being busy and my friends and family being busy too it won’t be happening this year. All I wanted to do was go somewhere where a huge bonfire would be so I could sit in front of it, try and roast my first marshmallow and maybe drink some hot apple cider. All this whilst being wrapped up in my warmest coat, scarf and gloves, and surrounded by some amazing people.
Alas, these dreams of mine can happen next year, hopefully when I’m moved out and have my own garden to hold a bonfire party in.
Are you doing anything for bonfire night? If so, let me know what you’re doing in the comments down below!
Until next time, take care and I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe bonfire night.