Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Guy Fawkes Night

The UK's answer to the Fourth of July appears to be Guy Fawkes night, which we had a great time celebrating last weekend. There was a bonfire in the garden behind our building and a fireworks show.

Apparently Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament and kill the king a long time ago. He got caught, and was tortured and killed at the Tower of London. To celebrate that the king was not killed, the people started having bonfires and fireworks each year.

The bonfires are a way to burn ol' Guy in effigy. Of course, he does get a whole holiday named after him, so it might have been better to name it "Don't try to blow up Parliament" day. Just to really stick it to him!!
On Saturday night we met up with friends for dinner at their apartment and walked over to the bonfire drinking delicious mulled wine. It was chilly, but not too cold.

Charlie loved checking out the bonfire with his daddy and lighting the sparklers with the other kids we were with. The big fireworks show scared him at first, but by the end he was cheering with everyone else. We were still pretty jet lagged on Saturday so by the end of the fireworks it was time to crash.

I'm glad we made it here in time to check it out - I highly recommend if you're in the UK this time of year!

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