Night with fire in England - level 3

Night with fire in England - level 3

05-11-2011 15:00

The 5th of November is called Bonfire Night in Britain. It is the only time of the year when the British have fireworks. A bonfire is the most important part of the night. In almost every community there is a huge bonfire built for and by the community. People watch fireworks and burn a figure of a man who is the symbol of this night. He is created a few weeks before Bonfire Night. Children take this man to the street and ask for money for the man. They give the money to their parents who buy fireworks with it.

The figure of a man represents a man who tried to destroy the Parliament in London in 1605. He was a leader of a group of English Catholics. They wanted to kill the king of England and destroy the Parliament by explosives. But one of the Catholics told his relative not to attend Parliament that day and the plan failed. All the people in the group were caught and killed. The king decided that all people should celebrate the fact he was alive. People made huge bonfires to celebrate. That is why the night is called Bonfire Night.

Written by Hana for News in Levels

Interesting words: fireworks, bonfire, burn.

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