As November approaches, children and adults alike get those words marching round and round:
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
For those who are unfamiliar with this, well, rather unique British custom, it stems back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes (the guy who inspired V from V for Vendetta), failed in his and other Catholic sympathizers’ attempt to blow up both King James I and the Parliament. So the annual bonfire night celebrates Guy Fawkes’ arrest by burning effigies of him, and serves as a reminder that treason would never be forgiven or forgotten. Nice excuse to have a firecracker of a party, isn’t it?
But enough of the history and on to the exciting part.
If you’re in Scotland this weekend, here is a quick guide to some of the most SPARK-TACULAR (see what I did here?) fireworks displays going on. There are many celebrations taking place across the country, so please search our events page and your local community’s website for more information.
Saturday, 1 November
Dunvegan Castle’s Fireworks Spectacular, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye 7pm
Elie Bonfire and Fireworks, Ruby Bay, Fife 6.30pm
Hopetoun House in South Queensferry, 6.00pm
The Cocoabean Factory, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway 5.30pm
Wednesday, 5 November
Aberdeen’s Winter Festival Fireworks Night at Aberdeen Beach 6pm
Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display in Edinburgh, 6.00pm
Glasgow Green Fireworks Display, Glasgow Green, 4.00pm
Inverness Bonfire Night in Bught Park, 7pm
Stirling and Bridge of Allan Fireworks, Strathallan Games Park, Bridge of Allan 5.45pm
Saturday 8 November
Dunfermline Fireworks Display in Pittencrieff Park, 6.00pm
While you ohh and ahh watching the amazing spectacle, remember not to underestimate their destructive power and read the Bonfire night safety guide.
Happy Bonfire Night!
Some random facts
* Did you know that the tremendous boom heard at the end is caused by the air expanding faster than the speed of sound?
* The impressive colours of the fireworks depend on a signature chemicals mix, mainly metal salts and metal oxides, which react to produce an array of colours.
See what else is going on during Scotland’s winter festivals.