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Fireworks and Bonfires Tonight on Islay

There are already huge piles of wood visible in various places on Islay (picture right is in Portnahaven). Tonight around 7pm they will all be lit to celebrate Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night as it is also called. And there will be fireworks as well so it will be a fun evening. Now why is this happening? Lighting fires and setting off fireworks? This tradition dates back to the early 1600s and is still very much alive today.

I've found a nice description on the backgrounds of this particular day on this website: "It goes back to the 1600's, when Queen Elizabeth died and James I took the throne. James was not tolerant to different religions and was planning to execute the Catholics. A group of Catholics got together with a plan of blowing up the Houses of Parliament, thus killing James, the Prince of Wales and the members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics. One by one people got scared and dropped out of the plan. One man by the name of Guy Fawkes, was brave enough to carry it through but was caught in the cellar of Parliament by the authorities on the night of November 5th with 36 barrels of gunpowder. On that very night, people all over the country lit bonfires to celebrate the safety of the King."

Happy bonfire night to all of you, please be careful with the fireworks. Below are a few images taken tonight in Portnahaven...

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