Saturday 4 November 2017

Caturday Art: Fireworks Night


Hope you like my fiery art for Bonfire Night (or Firework's Night or Guy Fawkes' Night)

What is Guy Fawkes Night?

Guy Fawkes Night is held annually on November 5 in the UK and marks the anniversary of the plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605 when King James I of England (King James VI of Scotland) and many parliamentary members were in the building. The conspirators were later arrested, tortured and executed. It is sometimes also known as Bonfire Night. Because of this, humans like to light bonfires and set off fireworks. These days though, hardly anyone cares to celebrate on actual 5th November and start setting off their crappy fireworks from October onwards (sorry, but it is annoying). Have your special day to celebrate by all means, but please be considerate of others and don't do it for weeks and weeks before and after!

What Do People Do?

Traditionally (when Mum was younger) many people lit bonfires and set off fireworks only on 5th November.  They would eat foods such as baked potatoes and toffee apples.

So, who was Guy Fawkes?

Guy Fawkes was a Catholic who was arrested, tortured and executed for his part in the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder. He wanted to kill King James 1st, a Protestant, who was in the parliament building at the time.

Most people attend public bonfires or displays of fireworks on or around November 5. Some don't bother with that and just set off fireworks wherever they may be for fun. We've heard them go off late at night while we were trying to get to sleep. Really, selfish aren't you, humans? Think of the poor animals who are freaked out by the constant noise! Not just pets but wild animals too.

People celebrating Guy Fawkes Night burn an effigy on the bonfire of Guy every year on this date. But before Guy Fawkes Night these effigies are paraded through the streets with children asking for a ‘penny for the guy.’ This doesn't happen often in our area of North London these days. But Mum remembers it well from a few years ago.

Luckily, my mum just stays indoors and looks after me. She doesn't care for human foolery :)

Read more about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night here

Caturday Art Bonfire Night

It's important to look after your pets on Bonfire Night. Here is an old post of ours:

It's that time of year again. Bonfire Night. And in an ideal world, there would be no fireworks. But selfish humans have to have their way all the time (they don't just keep it to the one night, which is 5th November but have to let off those loud bangs from September onwards). Mum says what's the point? If you've seen one firework display you've seen them all. All that noise is annoying. I know I'll be safe and sound indoors with Mum, but what about all the other poor animals out there that don't have that choice? It's a fact that some animals are afraid of fireworks.

It seems that most humans choose to forget that this world wasn't created for them alone.

But at least there are some humans that are nice and do think about animals, so here's a video of Fireworks Safety Tips for Cats from Wood Green the Animal Charity (the shelter that rescued me and from where Mum adopted me).

 Read more advice about keeping pets safe during firework displays HERE

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Summer said...

Your Guy Fawkes and our Independence Day - what is it about humans and horrible noisy things?

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

Purrfect artwork again, Athena :) Those fireworks are horrible. Thanks for letting us know about it and the story behind this event. Peaceful Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday :) <3

The Menagerie Mom said...

This does sound like our Independence Day here in the US. Lots of fireworks, for days and days. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom watching over you, Athena. We hope your weekend is safe and as quiet as possible!

pilch92 said...

Excellent post. I do not like fireworks either and it confuses me that so many people are fine with them. I m glad your mum will be keeping you safe. XO


Oh fireworks can be very scary! Excellent advise!

Cathy Keisha said...

Hope you don't mind I shared my peace globe today. It was created with Photoshop. I've heard of Sadie Hawkins but not Guy. How do you celebrate someone by burning them in effigy? I hope someday we are celebrating our current POTUS by burning his likeness.

meowmeowmans said...

Like Cathy Keisha, we hope it's okay that we shared our peace globe (also created using Photoshop). Thank you for the lesson about Guy Fawkes. We learned a lot!

Anonymous said...

When Mom was a kid, she was lucky that she got to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day as well as Halloween, even though she lived in Canada, her Dad was from England!
We are celebrating World Peace Day! And we are sharing our aty! Thank you so furry much!

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

I am glad we do not have to have fireworks here...
We joined up to your hop; we made an 'art' for peace.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

We completely agree...fireworks are highly overrated!

Eastside Cats said...

Purrsonally, Athena...I believe the time for fireworks is long over. They certainly aren't peacefully, but that's what we all want, right? Too much like war (bombs bursting, loud noises), so it's time to end it.