A lot is happening come November; the lead up to Christmas is on, and it’s not long until the ‘new year new you’, but there are also a lot of memorable days and dates for your diary.
We have compiled a list here so you don’t forget!
November in the UK
The first week having already flown past in a shower of sparkles from fireworks and bonfire night, and there’s still more to come.
Fun Fact!: The first documented use of fireworks in the UK was at the wedding of King Henry VII which was in 1486.
As much as we all enjoy this time of year, it’s important to know why these traditions are here in the first place.
5th November marks Guy Fawkes Night and celebrates the foiling of the Catholic Gunpowder Plot to kill King James I at the Houses of Parliament in London on the same day way back in 1605.
The people of London lit bonfires the same night in order to celebrate the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, which is why it is also named Bonfire Night.
Many towns, villages and cities celebrate the evening with torch processions through their towns, along with a firework display and a bonfire. More often than not they will have an effigy of Guy Fawkes to burn on the bonfire.
Lewes in East Sussex is a town that notably goes all out for this celebration. From the burning of seventeen crosses to mark the Seventeen Martyrs at the stake in Lewis during the Marian Persecutions, to the bonfire procession through the whole town it has got bigger and bigger every year, having up to 80,000 spectators as well as 3,000 people taking part and they have made the headlines for this on many occasions as well as for their choices of the effigy they use to burn.
They will always have Guy Fawkes and Pope Paul V but each society involved then chooses another. In the past they have included Osama bin Laden (2001) David Cameron with a pig, Jeremy Clarkson, Sepp Blatter (2015) and more recently, Kim Jon-un (2017)
It has become so popular in the recent years for people all over the South as well as further afield that they have to shut roads around the town and the last couple of years, trains have been arranged to not stop in the town past a certain time as it gets so busy!
Take a look at their website for more information and pictures, and also to keep up to date for information about next year!
With Key dates being the obvious and very memorable Armistice day and Remembrance Sunday. We will all participate in the minutes silence on both days.
Armistice Day is to commemorate the signing on the armistice which ended World War 1 on 11 November 1918.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae (Source)
If you are thinking you would like to learn more about Flanders Fields, there is a museum in Ypres, Belgium that takes you through everything you would ever want to know.
There are also tours of the fields themselves that many people travel to. This website is very informative about all the different ways you can get round the fields, including Motorcycling, Cycling and Walking, along with handy maps for you.
Don’t forget your travel insurance if travelling anywhere away from home, we also have specialist cycling and motorcycling policies if you decide on one of these tours!
Also, If you don’t have your poppy yet, there are some amazing designs here that you can purchase as well as the standard paper ones too.
November is also when the US celebrate Thanksgiving, on 23rd November this year and is on the last Thursday of November every year.
The tradition started way back in 1621 when the Pilgrims invited the Native Americans to a harvest feast after a good growing season after the year before half of the pilgrims had starved to death when the harvest failed.
While we Brits don’t really celebrate this, (remember being at school and taking a tin of something in for your Harvest service?), Americans go all out.
We’re thinking maybe we should join in too? To show solidarity… and eat all of the amazing food you see all over social media in the run up. Pumpkin pie anyone?
There is also a Presidential Pardon that happens every year where the President in term gets to ‘pardon’ a turkey from the festivities and is allowed to live the rest of its life out peacefully. This tradition started in 1987 when Ronald Reagan pardoned the White House Turkey and it has gone on from there.
Lastly, November is the month for discounts and deals. In the lead up to Christmas, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are god sends when it comes to finding gifts at cheaper prices as well as gifts for yourself that you have been waiting all year to get.
Thanksgiving is always the day before Black Friday, perfect for chilling out eating your leftovers whilst doing some online shopping!
This year, Black Friday is on 24th November, with Cyber Monday falling on the Monday after. So plenty of time to get paid and get your deals!
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