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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.
In My Great Britain, Bonfire Night is associated with the tradition of celebrating the failure of Guy Fawkes’ actions on 5 November 1605. The British festival is, therefore, on 5 November, although some commercially driven events are held at a weekend near to the correct date, to maximise attendance. Bonfire night’s Sectarian significance has generally been lost: it is now usually just a night of revelry with a bonfire and fireworks, although an effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned on the fire. Celebrations are held throughout Great Britain; in some non-Catholic communities in Northern Ireland] and in some other parts of the Commonwealth. In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and labrador 5 November is commemorated with bonfires and firework displays,] and it is officially celebrated in South Africa.
In Northern Ireland, the term “Bonfire Night” can refer to the Eleventh Night celebrations of 11 July. Like 5 November, this Bonfire Night also has its roots in the sectarian struggle between Protestants and Catholics. Unlike 5 November the sectarian significance of 11 July is still strong. It celebrates the Battle of Boyne of 1690, in which the Protestant William of Orange defeated the Catholic James II.
In rural parts of the Republic of Ireland “Bonfire Night” refers to 23 June,St Johns Eve night. It has its origins in a religious celebration and originally featured prayers for bountiful crops. The night is linked to the Summer Solstice or Midsummer Eve Originally fires were lit to honor the goddess Aine as part of a Celtic celebration; the Catholic Church took over the pagan festival and linked it to the birth of Saint John.
So- even though I am thousands of miles from my Motherland, there is always a way to celebrate some of the traditional things where ever you are located.
So, we shall light a bonfire at the back in our garden and have some real Traditional food to celebrate this time of year, although the only thing missing is the fireworks but we have the 4th of July for that.
Lots of traditional things still exist and I like to celebrate them and what better than a nice Bonfire and Food to eat, that is always a sweet deal.
Here is some pics of the traditional grub that us Brits scoff on this day in History.
Jacket potatoes is a Must for Bonfire night, many cool them right in the Bonfire, I have Heinz Beans on mine.
We have Toffee apples too of which I have seen many here.
So, if you want to know how the fireworks like like back home, here is a snippet.