It’s that time of year again when everyone digs out their winter coats, scarves, woolly hats and gloves and joins together in celebrating Bonfire Night!
Also known as Guy Fawkes’ Night, the event started as a celebration of the arrest of Catholic, Guy Fawkes on 5 November 1605, following his failed attempt to blow up both King James I and the Houses of Parliament.
Burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on 5 November every year served as a reminder that treason would never be forgiven or forgotten. However, the 20th century Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes’ Night became an enjoyable social celebration, lacking much of its original focus, and today the event is an excuse to light a bonfire, enjoy a tasty winter BBQ and watch an extravagant firework display with family, friends and the local community.
Last year, Guardian readers from across the UK shared their Bonfire Night photos, some of which are so stunning I had to share them with you: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/photography-blog/gallery/2012/nov/06/bonfire-night-readers-pictures#/?picture=398988089&index=2
If you’re in need of some inspiration as to where to go to celebrate Bonfire Night, check out a few of the largest and well-known events taking place in the UK below:
The Lord Mayor’s Show: To mark the end of the Lord Mayor’s Show and the beginning of a new mayoral year, London’s newly confirmed Lord Mayor will launch a magnificent fireworks display over the river on the 9 November. This is one of London’s most spectacular annual displays, with the fireworks visible for miles. For the best view however, head down to the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.
Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular: This huge firework display will take place over the top of the beautiful Leeds Castle while music plays to add a sense of drama to the occasion! This year the event takes place on 9 and 10 November.
The Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations: The Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations is possibly the biggest bonfire night celebration in Britain, including large bonfires, firework displays, processions become and the burning of effigies of anyone who has caused offence to Lewes over the past year! The Lewes bonfires are always on 5 November.
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate this great British tradition, whether it’s venturing to the park with the kids to watch the local firework display, or setting off a few screech rockets and a couple of Catherine wheels in the garden, here at Mango Marketing we hope you all have fun!