Friday, 4 July 2008


*Photo Microsoft Clip Art

Isn't it interesting how we celebrate with fireworks? On 1st July we celebrated Canada Day and there were fireworks displays across the country to mark Canada's birthday.

Today is the turn of our neighbours in the United States as they celebrate the 4th of July.

Growing up in the U.K. I always associate fireworks with Guy Fawkes' Night. This annual celebration of the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot on 5th November 1605; when Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament.

Personally, I always liked going out on a cold November night to view the fireworks. Many years it rained, but that couldn't dampen our spirits as we trudged through the fallen leaves to get a good view of the bonfire topped with an effigy of Guy Fawkes.

Somehow, having fireworks on a light summer evening does not hold the same appeal for me: it just isn't dark enough for one thing. One day, I hope to have the space to hold my own Guy Fawkes' celebration and I will relish that crisp, cold night air and the thrill of fireworks again.