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How to Have a Happy and Safe Bonfire Night on the 5th of November

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is a traditional UK celebration on the 5th of November to commemorate the foiling of Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.  This UK tradition is celebrated by people getting together around Bonfires, lighting sparklers, eating toffee apples and setting off fireworks.  In the past, people used to even burn a fake ‘effigy’ of Guy Fawkes!

While this is a great and unique British celebration fire and fireworks should always be treated with caution and respect.  For international students who are experiencing Bonfire night for the first time, below are a few things to remember when having a great Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th

  • Make sure you stand at a safe distance from the bonfire.
  • Keep well back from the fireworks display.
  • Never return to a lit firework.
  • Never throw fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box when not in use.
  • Wear gloves when handling sparklers, hold them at arm’s length and immediately put them in a bucket of water when finished.
  • Always ask an adult to light fireworks and to supervise your Guy Fawkes Night.
  • If you see anyone playing with fireworks tell a responsible adult immediately.



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