Bonfire Night Traditions in the UK


Bonfire Night Traditions in the UK

Bonfire night has crept up on us once again and with dark nights and hot chocolates on the mind you might be planning your weekend of festivities. Here are some bonfire night traditions that take place across the UK each year that you could inject into your festivities.

Fireworks and sparklers

A staple of bonfire night would of course be fireworks and sparklers and on November 5th we see the sky light up with colourful sparks and blasts into the night sky. Fireworks represent the explosives that Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators planted under the houses of Parliament on 5 November in an attempt to kill King James I.

Sparklers are also a family fun treat that with care can make for a lovely treat at home in the garden or at any fireworks displays that you may be attending.

*Note: More and more firework retailers are increasing their supply of quiet and pet friendly fireworks. At Plantation Shutters we like to encourage inclusivity at all major events so consider the impact of others (humans and animals) when purchasing fireworks and opt for a quiet option. Also consider setting off your at-home displays early in the evening to keep disruption to a minimum. If in public areas, be respectful of others and leave your surroundings as you found them.

Bonfires – Penny for the Guy

Bonfires have been a staple part of bonfire night since the fateful 1605 night when to celebrate the plan to kill the king being foiled, London residents celebrated by lighting bonfires. This was a feat continued after King James I declared November 5th an official day of thanksgiving. Another tradition that came into volition over the years was for young middle-class children in communities to create a dummy ‘Guy’ and for young children to collect or beg for a ‘penny for the Guy’ which would eventually be burned on the bonfire – this was a good little money-making endeavour for the children.

The custom eventually died out but you will often still find ‘Guys’ being burnt on bonfires across the country. 

Bonfire food 

As many across the country gather around bonfires, as comes the warming food that is enjoyed around the fire. Bowls of chili, pie and peas and hot dogs would often be found at large bonfire night gatherings. Another crowd-pleasing favourite is toffee apples (or candied apples in their American roots) which are apples dipped in caramel or as the modern take has developed into, chocolate. Apple treats and games like apple bobbing have always been popular choices in Western Autumnal festivals such as Halloween and Bonfire night as these events fall around the apple harvest season. 

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