Fund-raising to go off with a bang on Bonfire Night

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The British foundation Light into Europe, which works with deaf and blind people in Romania, is hosting the event.
Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Day, as it is also known) is a traditional British celebration which commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot attempt when Guy Fawkes and his allies tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. As part of the celebrations, children make a ‘guy' who is later burned on a bonfire and fireworks are released.
The tradition crossed the ocean and established itself in the British colonies over the centuries. It was actively celebrated in New England as “Pope Day” as late as the 18th century. Today, November 5th bonfires still light up in far flung places like New Zealand and Newfoundland in Canada.
Bonfire Night was common in Australia until the 1980s, but it was held on the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June. The tradition of Guy Fawkes-related bonfires actually began the very same year as the failed coup.

Vlad Praoveanu

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