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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!
:D
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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
:iconvforvendettaplz:
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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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