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#1 ValerieT

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:23 AM

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent to blow up King and Parliament.

Three score barrels were laid below to prove old England's overthrow;
By God's mercy he was catch'd with a dark lantern and lighted match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!


Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, not the leader as most people now believe, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the Palace of Westminster (The Houses of Parliament). Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure. It has since been proved that had the gunpowder been lit, about a third of London would have been lost, but would have made very little political difference.

Every year since then, bonfires are lit all across the UK, and fireworks lit. We also have parties, with any hot food that can be easily eaten outside on a cold November night. Any excuse for a party right ;).

That's your history lesson,:lol: now for your challenge.

As a huge number of people will be having a celebration tonight, your challenge today is to scrap any outdoor Celebration, party, social gathering, you get the idea. You don't have to include bonfires or fireworks, unless you want to.

Post your layouts in General Message Board Challenges gallery, and post a link back in this thread, so we can all ooh and arr over your layout.


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#2 ValerieT

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:29 AM

Here's Mine

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:00 AM

Hey Valerie! I'm awake. This is amazing usually I'm way behind our US friends but today, I think I'm early. Go Ahead and Jump

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:17 AM

How COOL, Valerie! I've been waiting for your explanation/history lesson and you did not disappoint me. How interesting to read about Guy Falkes Day/Night - I've never quite understood what it is all about. Thank you for taking the time to explain and type it all out - and make it fun to read, too!
Sounds like a lot of excitment and partying - I can almost hear it over here. :D
And, I've seen the Houses of Parliament/Big Ben, etc - pretty sobering to think that all and more could have been blown to smithereens.

Fun challenge and I have JUST the layout for it - I started it for the moon challenge and Halloween, but with the hurricane (not-to-mention Halloween being cancelled) I never finished it.
Off to do that now, THANK YOU! :)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:41 AM

Thanks for the history lesson!!! This might be a good excuse to dig through boxes of photos and do some scanning... I KNOW I have lots of bonfire pics from Girl Scout camping trips :)

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#6 MariJ

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:42 AM

OOOHhhh... GOOD idea Theresa!
Here's mine - all finished now. THANKS for a reason to do that Valerie. :)
The Cowardly Lion Goes Trick-or-Treating in NYC

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:25 AM

That's the best explanation of Guy Fawkes Day I've ever heard! Thanks! I'd always been a little confused about it. Sounds like a great idea for a challenge, too!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:32 AM

Since South Africa was an English colony - we also celebrated Guy Fawks day! We'd make a bon fire and repeat a poem, Was:


Guy Faux, Guy Poke him in the eye,
Shove him up the chimney-pot, and there let him die.
A stick and a stake, for King George's sake,
If you don't give me one, I'll take two,



We'd trick or treat - so we did things a bit differently but still had a bonfire. It was fun.


I will find photos for a layout. Great challenge Valerie.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

Since South Africa was an English colony - we also celebrated Guy Fawks day! We'd make a bon fire and repeat a poem, Was:

Guy Faux, Guy Poke him in the eye,
Shove him up the chimney-pot, and there let him die.
A stick and a stake, for King George's sake,
If you don't give me one, I'll take two,


We'd trick or treat - so we did things a bit differently but still had a bonfire. It was fun.

I will find photos for a layout. Great challenge Valerie.


It's interesting how it's the same but different across the Commonwealth. I wonder why it's King George in your poem?

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:30 PM

In South Africa it was also told that Guy Fawkes was thrown onto the bonfire and burned. We always made straw figures and then threw that on the bonfire after all the crackers were set off.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:48 PM


Since South Africa was an English colony - we also celebrated Guy Fawks day! We'd make a bon fire and repeat a poem, Was:

Guy Faux, Guy Poke him in the eye,
Shove him up the chimney-pot, and there let him die.
A stick and a stake, for King George's sake,
If you don't give me one, I'll take two,


We'd trick or treat - so we did things a bit differently but still had a bonfire. It was fun.

I will find photos for a layout. Great challenge Valerie.


It's interesting how it's the same but different across the Commonwealth. I wonder why it's King George in your poem?



I honestly have no idea, and yes Belle - we made straw "men" and burned them in the firel. LOL


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

When we lived in North Yorkshire, people gathered around the fire and jacket potatoes and parkin (sort of like our gingerbread, yummy) were offered around. A straw man was thrown on the fire at the end. Children came around before the day and asked for a "penny for the guy".

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:06 PM

Well, my layout has nothing to do with Bonfire Night, but it IS a famous outdoor celebration here in the States. And it definitely includes parties!! :rolleyes:

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:08 PM

I loved GF day in the UK. When we lived there my daughter (born on 11/04) used to think that the fireworks were for her! Happy day!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:13 PM

Love this challenge, Valerie. I loved dragging out Halloween to include Guy Fawkes Day. I managed to educate my friends on some English history (mostly another excuse for fireworks - when my brother would remember to save some.) Bonfires have always been a favorite of my boys - and grandsons. Here's Bonfire at the Lake

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:51 AM

When we lived in North Yorkshire, people gathered around the fire and jacket potatoes and parkin (sort of like our gingerbread, yummy) were offered around. A straw man was thrown on the fire at the end. Children came around before the day and asked for a "penny for the guy".


I forgot about "penny for the Guy", I've not seen one since I was a kid, maybe nine or ten. We've been in Yorkshire for 11 years and been to a Bonfire party every year, and not seen a single "Guy". Not sure why.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

Here's mine from the Carnival this weekend. Carnival
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

Here is my fire page - I have to scrap all my Hawaii photos and so I was glad for this challenge.


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:49 PM

Thanks for this challenge. This photo is from our church's Pancake Breakfast on the4th of July
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