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Bonfire Night
miércoles, 05 de noviembre de 2014

Every year, on the 5th of November, people across the United Kingdom take part in a celebration which involves bonfires, fireworks and toffee apples.  

The history behind Bonfire Night

Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, the celebrations commemorate the failed Gunpowder Plot. In 1605, on the 5th of November, Guy Fawkes and his fellow consipirators plotted to blow up the House of Lords and the buildings of Parliament in London but their plan was foiled at the last minute. 

People all over London lit bonfires to celebrate the failure of the plot and the survival of King James I, a tradition that has continued up to the present day. 

Celebrations today

Nowadays, Bonfire Night is celebrated all over the UK. However, instead of being the politically charged event that it was in the past, the evening has become a time to get together with friends and family.

On a typical Bonfire Night, people would wrap up warm in scarves, hats and gloves and then head on down to their town's bonfire event - usually organised by a local comittee or charity. There they would witness the spectacle of a fireworks display whilst the little ones eat toffee apples and the grown-ups enjoy one (or five) glasses of warm mulled wine. 

Perhaps the closest thing to Bonfire Night in Spain is the festival of San Juan. However, you wouldn't want to try jumping over the average bonfire on a British Guy Fawkes Night, with some blazes reaching incredible heights!


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