Five facts about Bonfire Night

It’s that time of year again – the British gather in parks and gardens to light bonfires and watch fireworks, wrapped up in woolly hats and gloves. Guy Fawkes Night, also called Bonfire or Firework Night is annually held on November 5. Guildford celebrates this day by organizing a torchlight procession from town to stoke park, where fireworks light up the night for half an hour. So I thought I could give you five facts about this English tradition:

  1. November 5 marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605
  2. If Guy Fawkes had managed to light the 2,500kg of gunpowder underneath the Houses of Parliament, he would’ve caused damage within a radius of almost 500 metres
  3. Up until 1959, it was illegal to not celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK
  4. People traditionally light sparklers and in some towns and cities (like Guildford), the municipality organizes a bonfire and professional firework display in a park
  5. Popular foods include toffee apples, bonfire toffee and potatoes baked in the ashes of the fire

Here are some pictures from last year’s firework display in Stoke Park, Guildford: