A GUIDE TO: BONFIRE NIGHT 🇬🇧

It's Bonfire Night, one of my favourite holidays, tomorrow so I thought I'd show it some list love!
  1. It's on 5th November every year💥
    Kids learn the rhyme 'Remember, remember, the 5th of November'
  2. It's also known as Guy Fawkes night because it was originally a celebration of the failure of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, which Catholic revolutionary Guy Fawkes was a key member of. 💣
  3. It first began in 1606, the year after 'the Gunpowder Plot', when King James I made it a national holiday.
  4. People used to throw 'guys' on bonfires and this sometimes still happens.
    Nice, I know. I was taught this story as a kid and never even questioned how gruesome it was.
  5. Nowadays there's no longer the historical/religious context, and instead we celebrate by going to fireworks displays and bonfires🔥
    Typically people eat hot pots, stews, jacket potatoes, toffee apples, and Parkin - a type of treacle and ginger cake
  6. There are firework displays on Bonfire Night itself but if it falls on a weekday, like this year, there are usually bigger celebrations on the weekend 📆
  7. It's celebrated all over Scotland, Wales and England but only in some Protestant communities in Northern Ireland
    My dad's family are Irish Catholic so it's not really in their culture. Unsurprising since it literally started off as a pro-Royal, anti-Catholic celebration.
  8. Over 100 million fireworks are sold every year for Bonfire Night in the UK - one of the 3 busiest fireworks occasions after New Years Eve and Diwali🎆