There might be fewer bonfires, sparklers and fireworks this year, but we can still mark Bonfire Night by reminding ourselves about Guy Fawkes and this quintessentially British occasion.
In 1605, Fawkes wanted to assassinate the protestant King James I and his government because he felt Catholics weren’t getting a fair deal. This was called the Gunpowder Plot.
So, Fawkes and his associates put 36 barrels of gunpowder in cellars underneath the Houses of Parliament in London. The plot was foiled, though, because one member of Fawkes’ group sent a letter to his friend who worked in Parliament, warning him to stay away on 5th November.
The King got word of the plot and Fawkes and his co-conspirators were arrested leading to a rather unpleasant execution. And, for some reason, that’s the story that we celebrate to this day.
Top tips for a lockdown Bonfire Night
You can still celebrate Bonfire Night from the safety of your own home. Here are some ideas for you to try:
A fireworks display with a difference
Turn off all the nights, get cosy and watch a fireworks display. The bigger, the better. And it doesn’t even have to be a Bonfire Night display. There aren’t many better than this fireworks display in London on New Year’s Eve. You can also check to see if there’s a local ‘drive-in’ display.
Have a comfort food dinner
We’ve all got those winter warmer recipes that we associate with this time of year. Maybe it’s a Bonfire Night tradition of bangers and mash followed by sticky toffee pudding or just a hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows, tonight’s the night to treat yourself.
Get some yellow and red coloured card and make yourself a pretend bonfire. You’ll have to imagine the warm glow coming from your creation – maybe turn your heating up?
Close the curtains
Fireworks aren’t for everyone – they can be distressing for pets as well as people with post-traumatic stress disorder – so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with drawing the curtains, putting on your favourite music and pretending nothing’s happening outside!
How are you celebrating this Bonfire Night with a difference? Get in touch with your pics.