Halloween is over for another year (scarily this year saw the biggest spending ever per household on spooky celebrations.) Our Expat thoughts at Imperius have turned to the most British of traditions, Guy Fawkes night.  We’re remembering getting dressed up in winter woollies for the first time of the year, remarking how early it’s getting dark to anyone who will listen and indulging in bangers and mash with plenty of gravy.  It all got finished off by returning home to warm up with Cadbury’s hot chocolate.  Bonfire Night, fireworks night, 5th November or Guy Fawkes night.  Whatever you call it the Imperius team are enthusiastic about all things firework related this time of year.

There are some things that have changed in the UK though, you’re more likely to see a child with a glowstick than sparklers at an organised display.  Healthy and safety fears have put an end to that menace!  It’s unlikely you’d be taking your life into your own hands setting off explosives in the back garden these days. The big events are the way to get far more bang for your buck.

Now I know the displays for the 4th of July or Bastille day are spectacular, not to mention the weather is significantly better.  It doesn’t stop that nostalgia for a very British firework display we’ll never be able to recreate overseas.  Expat life may require care packages of Bisto gravy granules, Scampi Fries and Marmite, I never enjoy the feeling of daylight robbery in the expat grocery shops.  You can’t however quite recreate the chilly weather, oohing and aahing with the neighbours in the damp autumn air.

What is your favourite way to celebrate the 5th of November?  Have you successfully re-created toffee apples?  Maybe you managed to track down a packet of sparklers.  My favourite has to be baking some Yorkshire Parkin, it’s the perfect way to follow Toad-in-the-Hole with loads of Bisto.  No, it’s not sophisticated but it’s so very British.  We’ll make a Guy and burn him on our firepit leaving the kids slightly baffled but pleased to stay up late!

Remember, remember! 
The fifth of November, 
The Gunpowder treason and plot; 
I know of no reason 
Why the Gunpowder treason 
Should ever be forgot! 

5th November Fireworks in 2017