When you first arrive in the UK, it is also winter in London, and fireworks make the early winter nights even more gorgeous and romantic. Every year, November 5 is the bonfire night, also called Bonfire Festival and Fireworks Festival in England. At this time, London and other major cities in the UK will hold fireworks festivals. One of the biggest bonfire nights in London is the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival. In addition to the fireworks display, there are many interesting events, including a German beer festival, musical performances and a light show. This year’s fireworks festival fell on a Saturday, so I bought my tickets in advance to go to this great fireworks event.
We arrived at Alexander Park at 4:00 p.m in order to avoid the rush of crowds that night. Walking to Alexander Park Square, in the center of which sits the world-renowned Grade II listed building, Alexander Palace, restored and renovated at a cost of 27 million pounds. Alexander Palace, affectionately known as “Ally Pally” by Londoners, is a landmark of the park. Located at the top of North London, Alexander’s Palace offers a bird’s eye view of the whole of London and a wonderful view of the city. It is also the best place to see the fireworks display. Once the Queen’s palace, Alexandra Palace has been renovated and transformed into a multi-functional playground. For example, there is a playground and an ice rink in the center of the palace for entertainment, and the theater in the east is used for watching movies as well as holding exhibitions and concerts from time to time.
It is worth mentioning that once most of this palace was closed for more than 80 years. In recent years, the eastern courtyard and theaters of the Alexander Palace have been reopened. The rebirth of the Victoria Theatre and the East Wing of the People’s Palace has reinvigorated this spectacular building and made it an important venue for cultural exchange in London once again through the integration and innovation of modern technology.
The Victorian Theatre – a 19th century theatre that had not seen the light of day for over 80 years – has a strong heritage and atmosphere. A truly “reimagined and redeveloped space,” it was destroyed in a catastrophic fire in 1980 and has survived decades of abandonment to become a miraculous survivor. These previously neglected spaces have their own unique pleasures and historical significance. The grand east courtyard, opposite the palm garden on the west side, was once a magnificent exhibition space and a venue for balls and social gatherings loved by the Victorian public, reminding one of those years of steel and tenderness.
At night, tens of thousands of people gather in Alexander Square in anticipation of the upcoming fireworks display. As the sporadic fireworks break through the dreary night sky like a signal, they also announce the arrival of the most glorious season in the British night sky. When the fireworks break through the night sky, like shooting stars scattered on earth, the beauty will arrive as promised.
“The east wind blows a thousand trees at night, and blows down even more, the stars are like rain”, looking up, the bright fireworks fly into the rich night with the beat of music. Sometimes they rise sharply into the air and go straight to the clouds; sometimes they bloom slowly, like stars and rain. A cluster of colorful streams of light will be illuminated in the night, bringing people a “sound and light” blend of audio-visual feast.
On Bonfire Night, people also gather together to light bonfires and get warm in the winter night. In the early winter, because of these bonfires and fireworks, also makes the long winter day become warmer and more romantic.