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.
Sunday, 1 November
Bonfire and Fireworks Evening, Mar Lodge Estate, at 6-9pm.
Wednesday, 4 November
Glasgow Green Fireworks Display, Glasgow Green, 5-9pm, (fireworks at 7:30pm).
Thursday, 5 November
Perth’s Bonfire and Firework Display at South Inch, Perth 7pm.
Stirling and Bridge of Allan Fireworks, Strathallan Games Park, Bridge of Allan 5:45pm
Strathclyde Country Park Fireworks Display, Motherwell, 6pm
Aberdeen’s Winter Festival Fireworks Night at Aberdeen Beach 6pm
Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display in Edinburgh, 6:30pm
Inverness Bonfire Night in Bught Park, 7pm.
Saturday, 7 November
Hopetoun House in South Queensferry, 6:00pm (7 November 15)
Paisley Fireworks Spectacular, Paisley, noon-7pm.
Dunfermline Fireworks Display in Pittencrieff Park, 6:00pm
Saturday, 14 November
10th Anniversary Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Ballachulish, 7pm.
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.
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