Lights brightened up the evening sky, but these were no lantern lights as it is customary at this time of the year in Germany. On the 22nd November 2013 a real fire burned in the playground of the Kindergarten! This year, the children had prepared for something special and a novelty: the "Bonfire Night" celebration!
This British tradition dates back to the 5th November of the year 1605. On that day, the serving officer Guy Fawkes, together with several other conspirators, tried to assassinate King James I. As he was planning to blow up the entire House of Parliament, he deposited many barrels of black powder weeks in advance in the basement of the building. Shortly before the opening of Parliament, one of the co-conspirators issued a warning letter, which led to the timely discovery of Guy Fawkes and his accomplices, who were then locked up in the Tower of London. The lenient end of the "Gunpowder Plot" is still celebrated with torchlight processions and fireworks.
The Kindergarten children remembered our "Golden Rules" of good cooperation as well as how important it is to avoid violence and to resolve conflicts constructively. We also talked about our fears and concerns that were then written down in each group and put in a container, which had been specially created for that purpose.
As always, the parents eagerly supported us. While some children practiced in the gym for the celebration, the other children from both floors cooked, baked and decorated.
And then the time had finally come! A cosy fire burned in two large fire baskets, around which children, parents and teachers gathered. With the choreographed fire dance the children opened our "Bonfire Night". To the music of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" they danced as flames, rockets, sparklers and Catherine Wheels, a special type of firework.
Thereafter, each group threw their "sorrow box" into the fire. In this way, everyone could see how their worries burned, dissolved into smoke and were carried away by the wind.
All the prepared treats were waiting to be savoured! It was really hard to decide with which to begin with: grilled sausages, pumpkin soup, hot chocolate with marshmallows or with one of the many biscuits?
It was an atmospheric night and hopefully not the last bonfire!