Remember, Remember the 5th of Wales?

Guy Fawkes Day commemorates the events that took place on November 5th 1605.  Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives that were planted underneath the House of Lords.  The bombing was unsuccessful and now every November 5th we get to celebrate with fireworks and a bonfire.  Smores anyone?

Whoever thinks Guy Fawkes was only in England should talk to Wales. They have the largest fireworks display in the whole UK. You definitely can't tell by this picture but trust us..they do it right.

See! We weren't lying!
Wales was one adventure after another.  An epic night of music and new friends was followed by a night of spectacular fireworks and nauseatingly fun rides.  Even with the rain and mud, I was pleasantly surprised by the magnitude of the fireworks.  Each explosion was truly magical. I got to enjoy something that is celebrated so majorly in England and I got to do it in Wales. It was like for a brief moment in time the Welsh forgot their need to constantly state their independance from England and celebrate with their friends from the East. The people there were so friendly and it was nice to be able to walk down the street and meet super enthusiastic people. Seriously, they are so enthusiastic. They love Wales and I have to agree, I do too! I had a night that most people can only wish they had, and I got to spend it with some of the greatest people. The country is beautiful, the people are great, and their fireworks show is the BEST. It was an awesome chance to see culture transcend borders and share a little tradition with Wales. I would like London to know they did not disappoint!

Laura Bennett

After a busy month in London, Wales was exactly what I needed.  With wonderful music, great friends, and many other cultural experiences, I was rejuvenated. After hearing many stories about how the Welsh wanted to be known separately from England, I was super surprised by Guy Fawkes Day.  Guy Fawkes was clearly something that happened in England and the fact that it is so widely celebrated was an interesting findout.  The fireworks were wonderful and the celebration magnificent.  They had rides, music, food, and of course fireworks.  Lauren has talked about Guy Fawkes several times and it all seemed a bit dark and cult-like.  It was all like-hey, lets get together and burn this fake dead Guy (no pun intended) and then have a party with fireworks. Seriously, thats weird. However, it wasn't creepy at all. It was actually like- hey we need an excuse for a good party and this was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. So along with hundreds of other people we gathered in the muddy grass and watched as lights exploded in the sky. It was an excellent experience and really cool to experience a long time London tradition in Wales. But really it was the best thing ever and everyone should now. But you can't so..... next November 3 get yourself to Wales and brag to EVERYONE and I mean everyone that you were part of the biggest firework celebration in Europe. (secretly I am bragging right judging)  

Jenna Jordan