Aberdeen 5th November 2015

Part one out of three is the first one posted below. I will add the other two as soon as they are up on Vimeo.

 

I am at a hotel, so it might take a while … 😉

I always feel very welcome when I travel to #Scotland , but this time was very special.
5th November is something special in #Aberdeen, I do not know the story behind this 🙂
Thursday afternoon I saw one of the most fantastic fireworks I have ever seen, it lasted for approximately 20 minutes. I was lucky enough to film most of it with my NOT waterproof #Panasonic GH3.  The film is divided in three for some reason.

Story found and posted below the videos !!!
Cheers.


Part 1 of 3:

 


Fireworks in Aberdeen 05.11.2015 Part 2 of 3 🙂

 


Part 3 of 3:

Vimeo will show here any time …. 😉


Festivities in Windsor Castle by Paul Sandby, c. 1776 Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

Within a few decades Gunpowder Treason Day, as it was known, became the predominant English state commemoration, but as it carried strong religious overtones it also became a focus for anti-Catholic sentiment. Puritans delivered sermons regarding the perceived dangers of popery, while during increasingly raucous celebrations common folk burnt effigies of popular hate-figures, such as the pope. Towards the end of the 18th century reports appear of children begging for money with effigies of Guy Fawkes and 5 November gradually became known as Guy Fawkes Day. Towns such as Lewes and Guildford were in the 19th century scenes of increasingly violent class-based confrontations, fostering traditions those towns celebrate still, albeit peaceably. In the 1850s changing attitudes resulted in the toning down of much of the day’s anti-Catholic rhetoric, and the Observance of 5th November Act was repealed in 1859. Eventually the violence was dealt with, and by the 20th century Guy Fawkes Day had become an enjoyable social commemoration, although lacking much of its original focus. The present-day Guy Fawkes Night is usually celebrated at large organised events, centred on a bonfire and extravagant firework displays.

READ  Gone but never, ever forgotten.

Settlers exported Guy Fawkes Night to overseas colonies, including some in North America, where it was known as Pope Day. Those festivities died out with the onset of the American Revolution. Claims that Guy Fawkes Night was a Protestant replacement for older customs like Samhain are disputed, although another old celebration, Halloween, has lately increased in popularity, and according to some writers, may threaten the continued observance of 5 November.

 

 

 

 

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