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Bonfire Night- A Great Reason to Give Away Cash

Bonfire Day


One of the benefits of blogging in the personal finance realm has been “meeting” people from all over the globe and learning we are all different but very much the same, at least in financial thinking anyway. I love learning about holidays celebrated in other countries, and I love giveaways, so thanks to Graham at Moneystepper, today we are learning about Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night that is celebrated mainly in Great Britain.

Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot, which was an attempt to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I. Mr. Fawkes must not have been the best plotter because he was arrested on November 5, 1605 while guarding the stash of explosives. Everyone was so happy that the king was not blown up, they decided to celebrate with bonfires. Nothing like some good pyromania!

Over the years, the holiday turned into a religious mess with Catholics and Protestants arguing over burning popes in effigies. I kind of got lost in understanding that period. Can’t we all just get along?

By the 20th century, everyone got over themselves, and the holiday pretty much stopped with religious and political stuff. Now Bonfire Night is usually observed with fireworks and public celebrations. Funny how some of our most popular holidays started with violence and mayhem!

Anyway, since this was the first I’ve heard of Bonfire Night feel free to correct me if my explanation missed some points. Whether you celebrate Bonfire Night or not, it’s a good occasion for a giveaway. This giveaway is for $60 in Paypal cash. It runs until November 11th. Good luck!
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About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. I remember during my childhood days bonfire nights for me is usually happened during our school camping during girl scout and boy scout. I want to join in your giveaway and I hope I will be the lucky winner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Haha – I think you pretty much nailed it Kim!!

    Nowadays, think wrapping up warm, children getting toffee apples all over their faces, other children playing with “sparklers” which look beautiful but are about 10000ยฐC at the end, getting too close to the bonfire and fireworks exploding in crowds much to everyone’s panic!

    Oh, bonfire night, how I love you so!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Fascinating. I’ve never heard of bonfire night in my life…

  4. Ah, that takes me back to my childhood. I remember standing in the middle of the local park freezing cold until a designated man would start the bonfire. The cold soon goes away when the bonfire gets going. Then the fireworks display starts. Basically you are watching people set fire to a wide variety of flammable items. Thanks for the nostalgia.

  5. Great giveaway! I look forward to winning my $60 : )

  6. I had heard of guy Fawkes before, but didn’t know all the background on him. Thanks for teaching me something new this morning Kim. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cool giveaway, though I think DC is mistaken. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Good luck. It’s a good thing you didn’t celebrate this one and the 4th of July. You would have put your eye out for sure!

  7. Sweet giveaway, Kim! I’ve never heard of Bonfire night!

  8. I never understand the holidays that come from violence either. Why would you celebrate that? The best part is that they celebrated by burning things. Awesome!

  9. Hi!
    Is this open to international followers?
    Thank you!

  10. Only in the UK does going outside in cold November to make fire seems like a great idea! I went a few times, it is really cool but why canโ€™t they do it in summe

  11. Only in the UK does going outside in cold November to make fire seems like a great idea! I went a few times, it is really cool but why canโ€™t they do it in summer?

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