You may find that your family, children, in particular, look forward to the 5th of November. They may have already learned about some of the history at school, or remember from the previous year. This night, and the weekend before and after, can involve a lot of noise and different types of celebration as part of our British heritage. Even without a clear understanding of why we celebrate, people of all cultures can still get involved in the excitement.
One of the staple ways of celebrating Bonfire Night can be to watch a firework display. This could involve going to view a large number at an event organised by your community, or even purchasing fireworks for use within your own garden. When doing so yourself, it can be important to keep several factors in mind. Having enough space can be important so that you can let off fireworks safely without risk of damage to your house or neighbouring properties. You may also want to think about the way you position and dispose of your fireworks to try and negate the likelihood of incidents or injuries, both during and after your private display. Fireworks should only ever be used outside and set up by a responsible adult.
Make an effigy
Bonfire Night might not be complete without creating a doll to symbolise Guy Fawkes. You may want to do this alongside your children, as they could enjoy crafting it with you. Traditionally, this may be burned on a bonfire. However, not all families use one, and children might get upset at seeing their hard work destroyed. Instead, you could use it as a means of teaching your children about Guy Fawkes, and the reason we celebrate this date. It can also be used as a decoration. Depending on the materials used, you may be able to store your effigy and bring him out each year or make the creation process part of your yearly tradition.
Children and adults alike may appreciate a sweet treat while watching the fireworks in the cool, dark night. Bonfire toffee can be made rather easily at home although, due to the risk of burning, this may be something you do with limited help from your children. Combining butter, black treacle, and sugar over a medium heat until it boils, and then letting it set, can create a wonderfully bitter toffee. In the 1960s it was somewhat known that older people in a community might make this to give to children. While this tradition may not be popular today, that doesn’t mean your family can’t enjoy it.
Although Bonfire Night may historically be about celebrating the execution of a man who attempted to overthrow the government, it doesn’t need to be seen as a sinister occasion today. This can be a great opportunity for families to come together and spend the evening watching some great fireworks. You don’t need to do much to make the occasion special, and may even get to bear witness to the different celebrations of others living nearby.