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I always remember the 5th of November. It's my Mother's Birthday. Across the country people light bonfires and set off fireworks...but that's for a completely different event! The 5th of November is collectively known as Bonfire night, or Guy Fawkes night. We celebrate today, something that occurred back in 1605. Guy Fawkes, a member of the gun powder plot, was arrested whilst guarding explosives that the plotters had placed beneath the house of Lords. Perhaps if he hadn't been, the country would have been a different place today, maybe not. Who knows! But regardless, we celebrate the fact that way back then King James I survived the attempt on his life. Today, the 5th is an annual public day of thanksgiving.

Bonfire by night by game-breaker


In Britain, we celebrate by building bonfires and throwing 'guy fawkes' dummys on top of them. It sounds barbaric, to an outsider it probably is, but actually it's a great time of year in which old and young alike celebrate together. Autumn just makes it that much more special, wrapping up with boots, hats and scarfs!

Bonfire Night 2009 by Rovanite


Our celebrations start early now, and they go on for a few weeks, evenings are filled with the smell of woodsmoke and the sound of fireworks going off. Where I live with a vantage point across the valley, it's perfect as a viewing place!

Firework by marschall196
Another Firework by Chris350D


So in case you ever wondered what it's all about - that's exactly it. We celebrate the aversion of crisis! To find out more check out this.

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FatimaZahraeM Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice! I never knew you actually celebrate it!
I only knew about the treason through a movie "V for Vendetta" which by the way was a very good one!

Thanks for sharing! adds up to my general culture knowledge! :w00t:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
We do!
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Toukatsu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
:thumbsup: :#1:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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PhotographsByBri Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
Somehow, I imagine that if the attempt on the king's life had succeeded, you might be celebrating your independence-from-the-monarchy-day today. To the victor go the considerable spoils of history. Nice pics!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D maybe ;)
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I forget that it's a British thing sometimes! Having a birthday on Bonfire Night must be awesome. Much better than having one on Christmas or something that overshadows it, you can pretend everyone's celebrating your birthday :D Like sharing a birthday with the Queen or something! :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes, everyone is celebrating :D
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Christmas birthdays are awesome! Of course, I've never had my birthday on any other day, so I'm not sure what I'm comparing it to. :D

Now my brother on the other hand got short changed on the birthday deal. His is leap-year day, so he only gets a birthday ever 4 years. Poor guy will have to wait util he's 84 to be able to have a legal beer here in the US. :giggle:
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Itti Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well everyone born between 20 and 30 December seems to complain that they get joint presents and cards from lots of people and that no-one's around to celebrate their birthday party with them and so on, so I thought Christmas Day must be the worst for all of these issues! But it's nice to know someone with a Christmas birthday is enjoying it haha :D

Haha, leap-year day must suck. Good job the drinking requirements is "21 years old" not "has had 21 birthdays" :giggle: Though I bet when you're older you'd rather pretend to be young again lol. Does he celebrate on March 1st or Feb 28th in normal years?
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WhenPigsFry Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think he celebrates both days... :drunk:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I want to visit the UK for Guy Fawkes Night just once. I bet it is better than Mardi Gras. :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D It's pretty awesome. Especially if the 5th falls on a saturday, when it's mid week everyone uses the weekends to let off the boom booms, and have the big displays :D
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Rushy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
:thumbsup: :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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claremanson Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Bonfire night is always crazy around my part as we also have the carnival each year too and a huge fireworks display so lots of fun to be had :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that's amazing!
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