Autumn, Part 2: Bonfire Night, or, Guy Fawkes
Friends and long-time readers of this blog will know that Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to celebrate Halloween this past October because I had choir rehearsal from 7-9 PM — right when I would have hosted a Halloween gathering. To make up for it, and in homesickness for the UK, I decided to celebrate Guy Fawkes the following week instead.
Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes was a seventeenth-century terrorist who was part of a plot to assassinate King James I. He is best known for his failure to blow up Parliament on the 5th of November, 1605. Naturally, they named a holiday after him. Why not? His effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire on November 5th — but really, it’s kind of an excuse to have a giant bonfire, lots of food, and fireworks, on what would be a rather wintry night in Britain.
November 5th was on a Wednesday this year, so I had my small gathering on November 7th. We made a fire and roasted marshmallows. I attempted to make toffee for dipping apples in (keyword: attempted). And while we didn’t have full-scale fireworks, we did have sparklers.
I think this might become an annual tradition.
Tune in tomorrow for Autumn, Part 3.