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British Celebration of Guy Fawkes Night

Interviewer: So why do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Night? Informant: It was a big part of my childhood. I remember going to Bonfire Night Parties. So the month prior to the 5th of November, the actual date, families and friends would gather old furniture and sweep up leaves, a lot of fallen leaves, and anything… Continue Reading »

Guy Fawkes Day

Context: The informant is a 29-year-old Caucasian female who will be called JH. She is of Irish and English descent and knows of this folklore from her family, more specifically her father. This folklore piece is told in her words:   Main Piece: “My dad (who is half British and half American) used to tell… Continue Reading »

Guy Fawkes Day

Context Because this was my only non-American informant, I was particularly interested in customs or holidays specific to England. My informant had vivid memories of Guy Fawkes Day/Night through the lens of a child. Main Piece So, the fifth of November is a big deal in the U.K. It’s Guy Fawkes Day. Basically what we… Continue Reading »

Bonfire Night

Informant: Valerie is a 61-year-old, born and raised in Dorking, England. She moved to Pennsylvania at 40, and to San Diego at 45. She still regularly visits England, where all her family still live. Main Piece: “Back when I lived in England, we would celebrate Bonfire Night every 5th of November. Every Bonfire Night when I… Continue Reading »