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Neither here nor there…

Hey Guy...

I know this is a strange day to be talking about one of the most British traditions, but somehow I had to think of it today…

Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th of November.

Quoting Wikipedia:
This night  is an annual celebration held on the evening of 5 November to mark the failure of the Gunpowder Plot  of 5 November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to destroy the Houses of Parliament in London.

I am curious if any such plans are being plotted presently with the present potty elections… Guess not…

The brilliant thing about this celebration is is the evening where all Brits are allowed to blow things up. (see the film V for Vendetta , which clearly demonstrates)

Secondly there are several foods (related to fire) that are traditionally consumed on Guy Fawkes Night: (in order of tastiness…)

– Black treacle goods such as Bonfire Toffee and parkin;
Toffee apples;
– Baked potatoes or “jacket potatoes”, which are wrapped in aluminium foil and cooked in the bonfire or its embers;
– Potato pie with pickled red cabbage (sounds like blood and gore to me…);
– Black peas with vinegar (what tha?!);
– Groaty pudding (I am not even going into this one…)

1st January on the canal...

In a way this celebration reminds me of the enormous New Years Eve fireworks celebrations in Holland. That night everyone goes into the streets to see all the fireworks go up at midnight!

Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar!

But anyway, back to the FIRE
Last year I went to the great public fireworks display in Battersea Park.

Poor Guy...

We brought some mulled wine and Speculaas (more about this when I post on Sinterklaas) and enjoyed seeing some dolls of old Guy being thrown into an enormous burning pile of pallets.

But the best thing about this fireworks display must have been the way they really got the crowd involved through the music, based on the theme of LOVE…

This being Britain, off course there were no plinking harps or harpsichords… they played this instead:  Music for Fireworks…

The only downer is that this celebration is in mid winter… Would be sooo much fun in Summer, no?

Oh wait the season for festivals is coming again…

BOOM!

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