03 November 2012

Guy Fawkes Night And Other Holidays

Did you notice the new banner above?
I'm really drawn to gray right now :)


On the heels of Halloween 
is Guy Fawkes Night
{ aka Bonfire Night, Fireworks Night }

Bonfire Night will be observed all weekend
Officially it is on November 5th

In 1605
Guy Fawkes and his Catholic crew attempted to
blow up Parliament and {Protestant} King James I
in the foiled Gunpowder Plot

Bonfire Night celebrates their failure

Seen in York
(photo by me)

November's Fireworks Night
has always been a bit of a head-scratcher for me

It's the only annual event the whole country gets together
to celebrate something British

Think bonfires with effigies, sparklers, fireworks,
games, mulled wine, food

Think general merriment and good fun

Typical Guy Fawkes effigy on Bonfire Night
(photo by me)

There have been so many other Britons who have
contributed much to the UK and the world
other than Guy Fawkes and his crew

In England
there are a few bank holidays called...
wait for it...

'Bank Holiday'

(bankers are pariahs in this country
and not the least bit celebrated)

There is not one but
three annual 'Bank Holidays'

So I propose the renaming of Bank Holidays
- are you with me here? -

Here's a few suggestions I'd like to bring forth...

Classic British Literature Day
William Shakespeare, Jane Austin, and Charles Dickens just to name a few

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Too much of a stretch for
Fabulous Fictional Characters Day?
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle,
Peter Pan, Willy Wonka, The Hobbit,
Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Harry Potter
coming to mind

Imagine elevating books to become a national holiday!
what an excellent example for kids

Or how about
UK Explorer Day
to recognize the adventures of Charles Darwin, Captain James Cook, 
David Livingstone, and Ernest Shackleton (South Pole explorer)

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Try on
'Really Historical Folks' Day 
to commemorate King Arthur, Florence Nightingale, 
Duke of Wellington (defeated Napoleon to end war)
or Sir Winston Churchill

Of course I like
Happy Homemaker Day
to celebrate
 those charming English toilets with chains & cistern,
the first washing machines (debuted at 1862 London Exhibition),
domestic dishwashers (thanks to Englishman William Howard Livens in 1924)
and Dyson vacuums (he's British too)
to make life a little easier at home
And happier

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I'd also cast my vote for

Let's Jump In The Puddles Day
Happy Dance For The Countryside And Gardens Day

How would you rename boring ol' 'Bank Holiday'?

Sources: Wikipedia 1, 2


A little bit Country said...

Love the new banner - looks fantastic!

Sarah Jane said...

Your new banner is great! Interesting post <3

Marta said...

Was carrot cake invented there? That would deserve a day too, the best British dessert ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Really?! I knew there was a reason I moved here - I LOVE carrot cake ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thanks, Sarah Jane :)

greenthumb said...

Love the new header looks great, it pops out on the grey. Had a smile at your renaming.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I think a Parents Holiday is in order, all children have to clean up after, and pamper their parents, all day! Lovely! As you can tell, I'm a bit frustrated this morning- I keep treading on very sharp plastic toys! :)

paisleysummer said...

All great suggestions!
I'm old enough to remember Guy Fawkes Night in Australia before it was banned. It was so much fun. I wish there hadn't been so many mishaps and we still had it, I just love a big bonfire x

Sandra said...

Your new header /banner is fun and the image stands out well on the grey. Nice new photo of you too!
I agree, it would be good to have a real National Day in Britain to celebrate and which is a national holiday!
If I compare to other countries that I have lived in, their national holidays are when they won terrible wars, or when they became independent from another country. Your suggestions are pretty good! Shakespeare and Dickens deserve a day each of their own!

Robyn said...

ohhh-like the new banner.very nice!

guy fawkes-remember the 5th of november, gunpoweder, treason and plot...and my birthday! (ha!)-shared with other great people too-like brian adams!

Denise said...

I love this post, Laura! Your re-naming ideas are great for some British holidays to celebrate some extraordinary people achieving noteworthy things. Your new banner looks great, and I love the new picture of you, as well. :)

Have a wonderful day!

Denise at Forest Manor

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, loving the new banner!! Nice work, missus!

And now you've got me thinking of names for Bank Holidays..... Day OF Books is my favourite so far....where you just have to sit and read ALL DAY!! Bliss!!


Wendy said...

Love the new header, great job! Not sure trying to blow up parliament is something to celebrate but I guess it is a celebration if they stopped them from doing it...I love all of your suggestions for Holidays instead of Bank Holidays...Classic British Literature Day really makes sense as there were and are so many authors to celebrate! Chuckling at your Happy Homemaker Day suggestion, why not?? Enjoy your weekend!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

OOh, I love that!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you, Denise :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Happy Birthday, Miss Robyn! Sending you sandy hugs your way :)

Gillian said...

Great post! I love reading your take on our traditions as you see them from a slightly different perspective. I would like a knitting day. Or crochet. Or just undervalued-crafts day!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love it - great idea!

Emm in London said...

I love this list! I absolutely agree with you although I have to admit to being slightly confused because I thought Harry Potter and Peter Pan were real.

Perhaps we, as bloggers, should have blog tours where we celebrate one of the following categories each month? It can be like the Great British Bake Off, just, you know, the Great British Bloggers Cultural Festival.

Privet and Holly said...

I'm with Sarah,
Day of Books!
We all lay about
and read and just
resurface for a
bite to eat. Now
that would be
SOME holiday!!

Love the header!

xo Suzanne

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Fantastic suggestions! I especially love the book idea, and as a very satisfied owner of a Dyson, I'm all for celebrating that! :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

That's a fantastic idea :) I support!

Pom Pom said...

I wondered about Bank Holidays.
I like your suggestions!
Bonfire Night sounds fun because of Lark Rise to Candleford.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ha, I had to look up that one - we don't watch TV although I know we are missing out on so many great programs!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I too am on board with the book celebrations. I love it.

I love your new blog design! IT looks great! Did you do it yourself? Or do you have a suggestion for a blog designer.

Have a great day, Elizabeth

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you! I muddled through it myself while I was waiting all day for a repair man :) I used Picasa and PicMonkey. I hear Etsy has some affordable banner designers, if you are looking for one :)

Life in Transition said...

I'm absolutely with you on the Classic British Literature day and the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle day. Much better than boring old Bank Holidays (although I'd like to keep them, too, and just add more...)

Jane said...

Ooh, the new header's fabulous, Miss Laura! So fresh and *you*. I'm with Sarah and Suzanne on the Day of Books - what an indulgent treat that would be ☺. J x