Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bonfire Night

On Saturday evening, we gathered with some friends to go to Kenilworth Castle to see the bonfire there and to watch their fireworks display/celebration in honor of the annual Bonfire Night. Last year I was back in the US for this UK celebration, and unfortunately it was the night we were robbed, so we were happy to not repeat our history from last year on this night! 

Bonfire night is a night centered around the use of fireworks and the lighting of bonfires to in honor of Guy Fawkes Night. Guy Fawkes Night is an annual celebration on the evening of November 5th (although the bonfire celebration we attended was the following Saturday, the 7th). It marks the downfall of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5th of November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to destroy the Houses of Parliment, in London. It is a bit funny that this country celebrates someone who tried to blow up their governmental building, right??? 
Regardless, it was a neat celebration to attend and watch...
A bit blurry and difficult to see, but here is the bonfire with the backdrop of the Castle in the distance...
Joe giving his youngest daughter a better view above the crowds! 
And more fireworks! They went on for a good 30 plus minutes...a nice display.
Scott and Johnny....of course Johnny playing tricks on Scott by hiding his view of the fireworks for the evening...and Johnny laughing the entire time!!

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