Saturday, 3 November 2007

Light in the darkness


Just returned from a fireworks party in honour of Guy Fawkes,
On our way there, we saw some youngsters still indulging in guising - the Scottish equivalent of Halloween trick or treating. While we were heading off to celebrate the next winter festival, they were still celebrating the previous one.
Winter is a bit like that. We find all the excuses we can to get together with friends and chase away the dark nights. And if those get togethers involve gathering around warming fires, so much the better.
Its great when friends bring some light into each others lives and its my hope that we'll keep on finding excuses to do just that.
I think the next major fest for us Scots is St Andrew's night, 30th November, but I'm sure we'll find something else before then.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's always time for a party:)

Mike Peatman said...

I didn't think Guy Fawkes was usually marked north of the border. Still, as anonymous says, it's a good excuse for a party. Our Iranian students noted it was a very happy time, in contrast with the events that inspired the celebration in the first place.

liz said...

Mike,
I've never really thought why we celebrate Guy Fawkes north of the border - we had independance then, didn't we. It must be that Scottish any excuse for a party!

Mike Peatman said...

Well, James 1 was king of Scotland too, so his survival might have been a cause for Scottish celebration (even if the safety of the English parliament wasn't quite so high up the priority list!)

Mike Peatman said...

By the way, one of my predecessors used to do a firework display on St Martin's Day (we were St Martin's College back then) and it prompted complaints from the locals, as it's the 11th Nov, which most people only know as Armistice Day. Fasting or festival depends on your point of view, I guess.

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