January 28, 2023

Remember, Remember the 5th


Bonfire Night 2014 in North



By Margaret Sheard…..

Most British people will remember the rhyme from childhood – “Remember, remember the 5th November, gunpowder, treason and Bonfireplot”  which stems from the 17th century with the infamous Guy Fawkes.  Bonfire night became a tradition in the UK with bonfires, fireworks and all the trimmings which have been added over the years.

Here in North Cyprus the tradition is still carried on and is enjoyed, not only by the British expatriate community, but also by other nationalities who probably do not really know the whole story but enjoy the event nonetheless.

We have received information from Gordon Kent, who will be organising this year’s Bonfire Night, and also we are giving some details of the history of this annual event which will take place at Lambousa Saturday Market area on Saturday 1st November, starting from 5pm and will be in aid of Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR).  Tickets are 15TL if obtained before 25th October or 20TL at the gate on the night.  Advance tickets can be obtained from Lambousa Saturday Market. There will be food and drinks available.  For further information tel: 0533 862 4662.

We are delighted to be able to tell all readers the 5th of November is not far away and that of course is the traditional Guy Fawkesdate for the evening of bonfires, firework displays and families gathered around the fire perhaps having hot chestnuts or hot potatoes roasted on the fire with perhaps hot soup or mulled wine to keep out the bitter British cold.

For our worldwide readers the reason that Firework Night is celebrated in the UK is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit  bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of  thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. To read more of this historical event on Wikipedia please click here.





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