Fireworks, Festivals and Firefighters
This week the night sky is full of fireworks. The Halloween ghost and witch masks have been put away for another year but Britain is gearing up for Bonfire Night on Friday. I'm Alice and I'm your November teacher. I'm really excited about meeting you all and reading your comments.
For people in Britain, November is synonymous with fireworks and the beginning of winter. It's often very cold and drizzly and everybody worries that the fireworks might be spoiled by rain.
On November 5th in 1605 a man named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament, Britain's government buildings in London. He and a group of plotters put gunpowder in a cellar under the building. Their plot was uncovered and Guy Fawkes was arrested. Every year British people come together for bonfire parties and lots of fireworks.
This year Bonfire Night is in the news for other reasons. Firefighters in London who are upset about changes to their contracts are planning to go on strike on November 5th - usually their busiest night of the year.
I'd like to know about the biggest firework celebrations where you live. There's 4th of July Independence Day in the United States, and National Day in China. What do fireworks mean for you? Do they remind you of summer or winter?
Some of the language I've used today:
gearing up - getting ready and prepared
Bonfire - large burning pile of wood
synonymous - here, equivalent in meaning, strongly associated
drizzly - light rain
to blow up - to explode
plotters - people who develop a secret plan
gunpowder - explosive material
bonfire party - a large organised fire outside
on strike - employees refuse to work
I'm really looking forward to reading your comments and communicating with you all.