Tonight is the night when the skies will be lit up with fireworks and the smell of the bonfire and gunpowder will fill the air. Children and adults will be watching the wonderful firework displays and ‘oooo’ing and ‘ahhhhh’ing in amazement. Each year the displays are getting bigger and better.
So why do we celebrate bonfire night in the UK?
It is because we are celebrating a failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to kill the monarch. He was caught with a large amount of gunpowder and it was discovered that he was going to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This happened back in 1605 and the celebrations have continued until this day! The tradition is to light a bonfire and set off fireworks as well as burning effigies of Guy Fawkes.
Close to where I grew up there is an extremely popular firework display in the medieval town of Lewes, East Sussex. Thousands of people flock there each year to enjoy the celebrations. There are usually 5 or 6 different celebrations happening at the same time and a large procession goes through the town. It really is the only celebration left of its kind. Check out these videos if you want to see what it is like:
Gunpowder (n) – a black powder used to make explosives.
displays (n) – an event or show for public entertainment
to fail (v) – to be unsuccessful
to blow up (v) – to explode
effigies (n) – dummy or model of a person
to flock (v) – to gather or congregate
procession (n) – a number of people or vehicles moving together in an orderly way