Definition of Bonfire Night in English:

Bonfire Night


  • (in the UK) 5 November, on which bonfires and fireworks are lit in memory of the Gunpowder Plot, traditionally including the burning of an effigy of Guy Fawkes.

    • ‘The ballot will take place throughout October, and a yes vote would see a strike on Friday 5 November - Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘With Bonfire Night just around the corner there will be plenty of fireworks in the shops, which is a cause for concern to the fire brigade.’
    • ‘Fire crews came under attack from yobs 15 times in the Bonfire Night period, new figures show.’
    • ‘Talk of democracy, however, brings us back to November 5 and that peculiarly British tradition of Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘In Leeds there are at least half-a-dozen organised firework displays planned for the weekend before Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘Rogue firework traders hoping to cash in on the last Bonfire Night before a major clampdown have been warned to think again.’
    • ‘An urgent warning was issued today after a haul of display fireworks, which are powerful enough to kill, was stolen in a Bonfire Night raid on a firm near York.’
    • ‘Each year, the period surrounding Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night sees an upsurge in the nuisance use of fireworks.’
    • ‘She lost her sight due to a Bonfire Night accident.’
    • ‘Are Bonfire Night and Hallowe'en becoming an excuse for young people to cause problems and, if so, is this because of a lack of opportunities for young people?’
    • ‘Police have announced a crackdown on yobs who set off fireworks before Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘Seven boxes across the city exploded after hooligans, believed to be teenagers, threw fireworks into them in the run-up to Bonfire Night last year.’
    • ‘The incident comes as the government, councils and fire brigades watch to see how stricter laws on firework misuse work this Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘With Bonfire Night and Hallowe'en less than a month away, police are saying incidents of fireworks being let off are already on the rise.’
    • ‘His warning comes on the day police are launching a crackdown on the sale of fireworks to youngsters in the run-up to Bonfire Night.’
    • ‘The Bonfire Night ended with everyone feeling happy and satisfied.’
    • ‘His dad broke it up and they took it to the big fire on the beach on Bonfire Night and burned it.’
    • ‘Laws to control the sale of fireworks are being flouted in the run up to Bonfire Night, a Manchester Evening News investigation has revealed.’
    • ‘I've just got over Bonfire Night, just got over all the fireworks, the bangs and the smells, and then this happens.’
    • ‘Laws will be passed to ban the sale of ‘air bombs’ and other nuisance fireworks in time for next Bonfire Night.’


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