Last night we celebrated our first Guy Fawkes Night. I had never heard of it before we were invited to our British friends’ home. Guy Fawkes is celebrated every November 5 in England. It commemorates King James in 1605, discovering a plot to kill him. Guy Fawkes was the guard of the explosives the plotters were going to use.
Through history, the commemoration has changed. It changed from initially being only bonfires to children making a Guy Fawkes effigy, and taking it from home to home asking for donations. The event also had anti-Catholic overtones early, which are now gone.
The event is losing its importance in modern Britain due to the rise of Halloween and kids having other things to do.
Owen and Ollie loved the fire. You can see “Guy” on the top of the pile. They also had loads of fireworks and glow-in-the-dark sticks. We all had a great time! It is nice to be living in the international neighborhood around the school. We get to experience traditions from around the world.
I would like to thank Mark and Tamara Harrison for including us in their event. We may make it a Kralovec tradition in the future. Any event that has fire, I like!