In the UK, the weeks leading up to November 5th are characterised by the loud explosions of random fireworks being discharged. The reason? Well, it all goes back to a foiled Catholic plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, but in a multi-faith society such as ours this is merely detail.
Nowadays it serves as a solemn reminder to us all of the need for eternal vigilance to preserve the democracy we're in danger of taking for granted, or some such. No more insane than the impending horror of Christmas really, is it?
There's an organised firework display just around the back of where I live, and using local knowledge I evaded a Police cordon to get away from the crowds and take some photos of the event.
The link should take you to a Picassa album, but if it doesn't, here're a few samples to brighten up an otherwise monochrome page...