It’s that time of year…Guy Fawkes Day! Also known as Bonfire Day. Also known as the day we freeze waiting for a 25 minute late fireworks show and the burning of a giant wicker Medusa that Sam still insists is Guy Fawkes.
Bonfire Day is meant to celebrate the failed attempt of Guy Fawkes to blow up the Parliament Building during the English Civil War of the 1600s. I personally think they just wanted a day for fireworks because we have 4th of July and they couldn’t exactly celebrate our independence from them. That would just be weird. So that’s my theory as to the truth behind designating the 5th of November as their national firework holiday.
The main Oxford firework display was at South Park, not too far from where we live. It was a 6 pound admission that all gets donated to charity, making it doubly worth it to go. A group of the visiting students went together along with the visiting student tutor (who also happens to be Kelsi’s and my primary tutor this term) and we stood around in the freezing cold waiting for a very long but mostly enjoyable fireworks display. Obviously it doesn’t hold a candle to Disneyland’s, but there were some really pretty fireworks.
The real highlight of the night was the ginormous wicker Medusa being lit on fire and rapidly burning to the ground. I’ve never seen a Wicker Man, or in this case a Wcker Woman, and I have to say it was a great experience. She went up in flames really quickly and even though we bolted out of the park pretty quick;y so that we wouldn’t get crushed in the crowd leaving, we could see her burning with chunks falling off her for a really long time.
Then of course because it was Guy Fawkes day, Janosz and I had to join the Dawson St. common room’s viewing of V for Vendetta. Natalie Portman is amazing. I highly recommend that movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it.
Happy Bonfire Day everyone!