Friday, November 14, 2008

Guy Fawkes Party!

In England we always Remember the 5th of November because the 5th is the day Guy Fawkes almost got blown up. Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of Roman Catholic Restorationists who planned on blowing the house of Parliament up and all the inhabitants (the king and members of Parliament) as a rebellion fueled by the discrimination they endured. Fawkes was discovered before he could successfully proceed with the gun fire plot. Fawkes died several months later.

In England we remember Guy Fawkes on "Bonfire night" the 5th of November. Back home bonfire night held memories of eating candy floss (cotton candy) and toffee apples, ridding on fair rides, playing silly games, making patterns in the air with sparklers and watching a stuffed man burn on top an enormous bonfire. Yes, of course there were fire works but on a side note English fireworks are completely and utterly pathetic compared to American 4th of July extravaganza's.

Here in America people think this tradition is odd and somewhat strange, especially Ben I think he jokingly called it satanic. We had no sparklers, no bonfire, no fireworks and no candy floss. However there were silly game and apples dipped in toffee.

We bobbed for apples, which was highly entertaining and disgusting. We played a killer game of charades in which the gentlemen won by way too much. The night ended with a classic game of rock band (compliments by our dear friends the Fowers). All in all it was a great evening with friends and a chance for me to reminisce and remember the traditional quirks, that I love so dearly, of England.



Michelle said...

Looks like fun! Yes, a little weird but hey I love England! We just got Rock Band off ebay, we will have to bring it at Thanksgiving.

Lesley-Ann said...

Glad to see you are educating your friends about good old British history.

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