Bonfire night is an English tradition which is steeped in political and social history. Although little children are far too young to understand this, they will enjoy chanting this popular rhyme which has lots of rhythm and atmosphere:
Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why Gunpowder treason,
should never be forgot!
There are bonfire parties up and down the country, fireworks and bangers galore. But in our neck of the woods (Sussex) bonfire night has an extra special significance. Lots of our neighbouring villages have bonfire societies where they carefully plan and fundraise throughout the year, to make an almighty splash of colourful costume processions and roaring bonfire and fireworks to leave your ears ringing ’til Christmas. The biggest of all of the bonfire events is at Lewes, where processions vary from kids parades to processions of burning crosses to commemorate the 17 Protestant martyrs killed in Lewes during the reign of Mary Tudor. We always took our kids to Barcombe- slightly more family friendly and they used to love the early kids parade!
If you have a young family, don’t feel like you have to miss out. As long as little ones are well wrapped up and in slings or buggys there is no need to avoid the fun completely. It’s obviously better to choose a family friendly display & some ear muffs or defenders may also be a good idea!
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