What Is Bonfire Night?
Bonfire night is primarily a day that effigies are burnt, effigies of “Fawkes,” to commemorate the day that the plan to blow up the House of Parliament and kill “King James I” was foiled.
History Of Bonfire Night
Bonfire night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night/Day or Fireworks Night is often done on 5th November as a commemoration of the day Guy Fawkes was arrested and the plot to kill King James I, was foiled.
Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot, and he was placed to guard the explosives that were set underneath the “House of the Lords” in Great Britain. After the plot on the life of King James I had failed, people lit bonfires in and around London to celebrate and soon after, the “Observance of November 5 Act” was enacted into law and has often been observed since November 5, 1605.
Bonfire night was becoming violent as members of some classes opposed the activities that were carried out by the enthusiasts on the commemoration. As a result, the “Observance of November 5 Act” was repealed in 1859. However, it was re-enacted into law after the violence must have been dealt with in the early 20th century.
Nowadays, bonfires are lit, and the effigies of “Fawkes” are burnt. Most times, fireworks are used to commemorate this day.
How Do We Use Fireworks To Celebrate Bonfire Night?
Celebrating this special night with firework displays can be interesting and a great way to enjoy the evening out.
Fireworks displays are often charged by the authorities, but there are times that we can have organised displays that are often free of charge and can also be used to raise money for charities.
Before using fireworks, we must make sure that every other thing is put in place.
Planning Fireworks Party
Having a fireworks party in your garden or any other private land is one way of enjoying a great evening because you know that you will not have anyone ruffling you for charges. However, you should pay attention to these tips to help you have a safe fireworks party.
• Store fireworks safely out of reach of children, somewhere cool and dry until they are needed.
• Make sure you have a spacious place to safely let the fireworks off.
• Make your neighbors aware beforehand so they can take safety precautions like keeping their pets indoors, closing their window and so on.
• Buy fireworks from reputable dealers, and ensure the items have the CE mark and the safety BS7114 marking.
During The Fireworks Party
• Make sure the fireworks are lit by only responsible adults
• Keep alcohol away from the scene of fireworks
• Do not use a naked flame on the fireworks, always read the instructions
• For safety, let the fireworks go off one at a time
• It is highly dangerous to throw fireworks
• Always use a taper when lighting fireworks
• A firework that has been lit can explode even if it has not gone off yet. Never go near it
• Always stand at a considerable distance when you are watching fireworks
• Sparklers are always very hot even when they go out. Put the hot end in a bucket of water
After Your Firework Party
• Ensure that all used firework cases are collected and put away, so children do not get to it.
• If a firework was lit and did not go off, soak it in water to prevent re-ignition.
Armed with these in mind, you should only have a memorable bonfire night celebration with fireworks!