Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lewes Bonfire 2016

Going to Lewes with the walking society of the University of Sussex was fixed earlier. It was my first trip with the university walking society. We walked through the hills and valley from University of Sussex to Lewes town. It took around 3 hours to reach there but it was amazing to see the beautiful landscapes of Sussex and chatting all the way with friends while walking.

Lewes is a very small town of United Kingdom and Lewes Bonfire is celebrated on the 5th of November every year. It is a celebration of foiling gun powder attack in the House of Lords in 1605. Some English Catholics tried to blow the House of Lords with gunpowder. But their plot was revealed and foiled. This celebration also commemorates the memory of seventeen Protestants martyrs who were burned due to their faith.

There are several societies in Lewes who arrange this program every year. They celebrate it through colorful procession in the street and fireworks display.

It was an unique experience for me to watch such traditional attires and appearances in the street. Though sometime it was very risky because the fire sticks blaze very near to the eyes that might cause accidents. Some photographs of my experience of the celebration are shared here.

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