Bonfire Night and Fireworks Extravaganza

by Tina McKee

Most people have a favourite season. If you like autumn there’s a good chance you like a few of the following things: baby marshmallows, hot chocolate, sparklers, fireworks, bonfires…sounds nice, doesn’t it?

I know that I like the sound of that, and luckily it’s a great time of year for all of these things! They all seem to be reunited into a single evening: Bonfire Night. As I grew up outside of the UK, this year was the first time in my life that I attended not just one, but several bonfire parties!

Indeed, this past week has been like one extended Bonfire Night. Friday was a particular highlight: I started helping with the Pipsqueaks Fireworks Party and made a brief appearance at the Kings Bonfire Party, before heading to Friday Frenzies youth group, one of my placements, for a Bonfire Night celebration with the young people. Joy and happiness, fire, excitement, the promise of marshmallows, hot chocolate and sparklers were all an integral part of this experience. All these things come with a warm and cosy feeling as we celebrate Bonfire Night. Isn’t it strange to think that what is now a yearly celebration originated from a terrible moment in history? Bonfire Night is now celebrated in many countries all over the world. It’s something that brings people together.

Looking for inspiration, for something to write for my first entry in the Internlog, I spent a week pondering over different ideas, leading me to think about why such an event was so important. Is it for the history that lies behind it or is it for the fellowship that flows from such events? While roaming the creative side of internet, I came across this wonderful phrase: « bonfire night and firework extravaganza ». This summed up this past week so well!

While celebrating with friends, I was reminded of how important it is to take time to enjoy the company of friends and family. We live in a busy world and lead busy lives. That means it can be hard to see the beauty in the quiet moments. I have often told myself that sitting down and relaxing is the same this as being lazy. But it’s not! Everybody needs time to relax and whether that’s attending a bonfire party or just reading a book at home, it’s still important.

As time seems to go past a lot faster around this time of year, it’s so nice to be able to stop and appreciate a few wonderful moments. I can only encourage you to spend time doing things that are important to you whenever you can.