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Remember, remember, the 5th of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot

We see no reason why Gundpowder treason

should ever be forgot

This was the catchy song you could listen yesterday afternoon over the crowded Winchester streets, to celebrate 5th November (Bonfire Night) a very special English day.

Why is this so special? 400 years ago (1605) in England, there was a catholic man against the King (because of political and religious reasons) that was called Guy Fakes. He wanted to kill his majesty James I by blowing up the Parliamente Houses. This was called the Gunpowder Plot. But it failed and Guy Fakes died. So on 5th November, people organize huge bonfires, burn ragdoll guys and set off fireworks to commemorate that someone had tried to oppose the king that he was safe.

We moved to Winchester city to watch how they celebrate Bonfire night.

There is a free event that attrack over 20.000 people every year.

At 4 pm the streets were crowded with people eating hoy potatoes, delicious biscuits, pies, peas and toffee apples some street stands were selling at a low cost. People looked cheerful and very enthusiastic.

Then, at 6 pm the city centre cheered up with a torchlit procession followed by the fantastic Winchester band. It was a noisy and bright whow attended by thousands of people.

Then, around 7:15 pm, the parade got to an open field were the lighting of the bonfire took place. Excited children started throwing their ragdoll guys into the bonfire while singing the famous poem dedicated to the “Gunpowder Plot”. Everybody was delighted and having a great time.

And finally, at around 7:45 pm the fireworks set off and the crowds started cheering with all the strength they coold while the dark sky turned colorful.


It was an awesome and unforgettable night !!!!!!


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