Did you know that the first recorded use of fireworks in England occurred over 500 years ago? According to contemporary sources they were used to celebrate the wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.
To celebrate all things fireworks we thought we’d start your weekend off with a bang with some of our favourite Fifth of November facts. Get ready to “oooh” and “ahhh” in the best fashion as you read all about the weird and wonderful world of fireworks!
1. Of course Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, commemorates the failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, however the tradition of lighting a bonfire at this time dates back beyond this to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain celebrated the end of harvest and bonfires were lit to ensure the sun’s return as the days became darker.
2. It is said that gunpowder was actually invented by accident by a cook in China (although opinions vary). It’s reported that the cook mixed together three fairly common ingredients and realised that it was when it was set alight it produced colourful flames.
3. The largest firework ever produced was 13kg! It must have made quite a bang!
4. A rocket firework can reach speeds of 150mph.
5. There are many other traditions associated with this night up and down the country. In Ottery St Mary in the West Country flaming barrels of tar are carried through the streets and in the north of England people eat the traditional cake parkin, a gingerbread style cake made from black treacle.
We hope everyone has a very fun and safe Bonfire Night. To add some sparkle to your reward box head over to our website, no matches required! We’ll see you soon for more sticker news.