Interesting historical facts about Bonfire Night

I am so excited that we can celebrate Bonfire Night again in the UK. I have not been to a fireworks display for ages because of the Pandemic and I am really excited about this Friday coming. I will try and take some photos for the Patricia Bech Travel Notes and also post them on my social media pages.

For me, Bonfire Night is the final other celebration before Christmas! I mean that in the sense that we have Halloween first, then Bonfire Night and then finally the big build up to Christmas can officially begin.

I love Guy Fawkes night because there is very interesting history attached. Of course, the bonfire, sparklers and the fireworks are great fun, but this tradition goes back many, many years. Sometimes it is easy to forget the significance of these events, which is why I thought I would do a little blog post about some of the facts.

Here are three facts about Bonfire Night that you may not know!

  • A plot to kill the king!

Everyone knows there was a plot to kill! The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was actually supposed to kill the Protestant King, James I. This was so that he could be replaced with a Catholic Queen.

  • A failed plot resulted in a day of celebration

Because the plot failed, it was decided that November the 5t would become a day to celebrate such a good failure! It would mark that day that the Gunpowder Plot DID NOT happen.

  • The search continues to this day!

Did you know that the Houses of Parliament are still searched by the Yeoman of the Guards before the state opening, which is where the reigning Monarch visits parliament each year? It is more of a cermonius event ceremonial rather than serious but is performed to this day with lanterns.

If you are heading out to a Bonfire Night display this Friday or over the weekend, don’t forget some of the historical facts that are behind the event.

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