More fireworks! I will never get tired of this.
Maybe these people don't know about how to do Halloween correctly, but
they LOVE Guy Fawkes night. To explain to non-Brits, thanks to my
LondonTown.com handout the orientation people gave me, ahem, "Every
year there are massive celebrations to commemorate the failure of the
1605 Gunpowder Plot. Catholic Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the
Houses of Parliament and the King, James I, along with it. He was
executed for treason, but he's remembered gby children the length and
breadth of the country as they burn effigies of the infamous traitor on
large bonfires, as fireworks are fired off into the night's sky." They
also call it "Bonfire Night."
So, although the legendary day is November 5th, apparently it's
legitimate to be excited about it all weekend.
There were so many people! They were so happy!
Since Thursday I've been
hearing fireworks going off CONSTANTLY (I'm not
exaggerating) different areas outside my room. On Friday I sat on my
window ledge and tried to watch some that were going off over the lake,
but the trees were kind of in the way. Tonight Janette and I went into
sketchy Wood Green to Alexandra Palace (known to the locals as "Ally
Pally") to see fireworks instead of just hearing them. There were
SOOOOOOOO many people! Once we got to the top of the hill, the
fireworks were just finishing. I was so excited though. I love
fireworks. So much. Then we went to see what else was going on, and
they had an ice skating rink and a "fun faire" inside the "palace." The
fair was really a fair! They had a whole bunch of fair rides/game
things INSIDE! Super neato. We walked around a little more, and pretty
much left after that to go buy hot chocolate and get denied access to
the tube because there were too many people. But it was a really neat
experience just getting to see all the people gathering together...
people bringing their kids, groups of friends laughing together,...
definitely felt like something very traditional for people, that they
really look forward to, and it doesn't even matter what they're
celebrating... just the fact that it's an opportunity for people to
enjoy each other's company. And see super cool fireworks.