I was finally able to see Bonfire Night celebrations in England! This is something I've wanted to do for quite a long time. Thanks to the movie V for Vendetta, many Americans can probably even recite one of the old nursery rhymes that sprang up in the years following the plot, and has served as a warning over the centuries of what happens to those who commit treason:
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
|even without a tripod, some of these turned out okay.|
|And some surprised me|
Being the Queen's Jubilee year, and coming just a few short months after the Olympics, the whole of the UK seems to still be riding on a high of national pride. I say go with it. I have to admit that the fireworks I saw in Cambridge tonight, were some of the best I have ever seen in my life. I was surely the loud American in the crowd, Oooohing and Aaaaahing over the really pretty ones, the huge mortars, and the fantastic displays.
|The finale was pretty remarkable, and I was really impressed.|
Following the fireworks, we walked over to the bridge to see the bonfire, and get a few of the fair going on. The fire seemed much more difficult to capture than the fireworks! Also, this bonfire does not have Guy Fawkes effigies burning.
Hurrah for our bonfire,
Oh, pile it up high,
For tonight...yes tonight...
When it blazes up bright
A traitor must die!
How he'll crackle and burn,
Our jolly old Guy!
So the next time you hear the "Please to Remember the 5th of November" rhyme, I hope you'll think of more than bonfires, fireworks, and fun, but of a little bit of the history behind it as well!