Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is an event I always look forward to, you really get a nice wintry feeling when you stand out in the dark, drink mulled wine and watch the fireworks launch. However, while I do like it very much, I do rather dislike its link to history. I’m sure you all know that the event is a celebration of the fact that Guy Fawkes (and the rest of the people involved in the Gunpowder Plot) was stopped before he could blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I. But does it not seem rather immoral to celebrate somebody’s capture and execution every single year? I mean, of course, planning to blow up a building to kill people is a bad thing, and I do consider him a bad person, but it’s not like he was being purely evil by doing this, he was only defending his religion. I think it’s bad to celebrate the death of anybody; every death is a tragedy, even if a person is bad. Burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes to me feels downright barbaric. Why can’t we just launch fireworks because it’s a fun thing to do? Rather than to celebrate the death of somebody who died four hundred and six years ago? I realise this isn’t consciously in the heads of most people, but I do think this aspect of the day should be done away with.
Anyway, here are some photos I took at the Neston Firework display. They didn’t come out that well, but I wanted to share them anyway!

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