Monday, November 05, 2007

Bonfires and Fireworks

Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night: The persistent smell of burning wood in the autumn air. Clear, cold, sunny days and foggy nights. Fireworks going off intermittently in people's backyards, a flash of sparkling blue and green in the dark sky. Dogs that have become so blase at three days of fireworks they can't be bothered barking at them any more.

I love Bonfire Night. Following close on the heels of Halloween, it heralds the middle of Autumn, reminding one that the winter is all too close. People huddle around bonfires in public parks and friends' yards, breathing mistily into the cold, damp air as they shuffle through piles of autumn leaves, their kids gleefully lighting sparklers up and down the street. A rare sense of community is fostered by the local gathering around bonfires. It feels pagan, almost ritualistic, a reminder of our earlier more primeval selves.

The greatest thing about this holiday is that there's nothing to sell on it. I don't think you're allowed to advertise fireworks - only fireworks safety ads clog the radio waves. Other than that, it's an advert free holiday. Utter bliss.

3 comments:

Lynda K. Scott said...

A holiday with no pressure to buy, buy, buy? LOL, that MUST be nice!

Do you have big fireworks displays like we do on the Fourth of July? Or parties leading up to Bonfire night? I do like the feeling of community you describe (and I love to stand near a nice large fire on a chilly night :D)

Cassandra Kane said...

Yes, huge fireworks displays organised by the town councils, though I've never heard of anyone having a party for it. It's a good idea though!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Heheheh, parties are always a good idea :D