Bonfires & Fireworks!
Day 10 of the Challenge:
On the 5th of November 1605, a man called Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding explosives members of the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ had placed in tunnels directly under the House of Lords. This failed attempt to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England by blowing up the House of Lords and replace him with a Catholic King, has been dubbed ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ or “Bonfire Night”. It is celebrated every year on the 5th of November by people around the UK.
Yesterday Dot’s nursery had organised a big celebration of the day. Older children had built Guy Fawkes effigies of straw and old clothes. Staff members build a huge bonfire. The effigies were thrown in the fire, while parents and staff recited the rhymes that typically accompany this celebration:
“Remember, remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up King and Parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove Old England’s overthrow.
By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and a burning match.
So holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the King.
And what shall we do with him?
Half an hour of stunning firework displays followed, accompanied by warm food and toffee apples.
It was a beautiful night, with lovely people and hundreds of mesmerised babies and toddlers! We drove back home to a sky filled with fireworks, as people in our area celebrated.
So today I am grateful for this wonderful commemoration I got to introduce Dot to this year. Hopefully we’ll celebrate the day many more times together!