Bonfire Night

annual event dedicated to bonfires, fireworks and celebrations

Bonfire Night is an event dedicated to celebration with bonfires or fireworks. Different traditions celebrate Bonfire Night on different days. In Great Britain, it is celebrated as Guy Fawkes Night on 5th November.[1] Other versions of Bonfire Night are also celebrated on this date in several other Commonwealth countries.[2][3] A similar bonfire tradition is celebrated in parts of Scandinavia and is known as Walpurgis Night.

People gather around a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night in England
A Christmas Eve celebration bonfire in Louisiana, United States


  1. Walters, Guy (1 November 2011). "Is it anti-Catholic to celebrate Guy Fawkes' Night?". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2013. Guy Fawkes' Nights – which are, after all, more commonly just called Bonfire or Firework Nights)
  2. "Public asked to keep environment in mind on Guy Fawkes night". Government of Newfoundland. 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  3. "Guy Fawkes Day in Cape Town". Cape Town Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-23.