We change the clocks at the end of October so we have a bit more light in the mornings but it gets dark very early. Sunset is between 4 and 5 o’clock. The weather starts to get colder and some days are windy or rainy. There is even a chance of snow and frost. The leaves turn brown and fall off the trees. Some animals, for example bats and hedgehogs, go to sleep for the winter. This is called hibernation.
In the UK, November 5th is called Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night. There are some Bonfire Night parties with organised firework displays and there might also be a big fire outside, called a bonfire. Typical food on bonfire night is baked potatoes, sausages and toffee apples. Some people just set off a few fireworks in their gardens. This tradition started about 400 years ago when there was division between the Catholic and the Protestant Church. Some Catholics decided to blow up the Protestant king while he was in the Houses of Parliament because they wanted to replace him with a Catholic king. However, they were caught, arrested and executed. People lit bonfires around London to celebrate that the king survived. Nowadays, people don’t think about the historical significance of the day but just enjoy the fireworks!
In November, people start to think about Christmas. The shops are full of Christmas trees, decorations and presents to buy. Some people like to get their gift shopping done early while others feel that November is too early to think about it! In America, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving and the day after is called Black Friday. There are lots of special offers and discounts in the shops. Black Friday has just recently started to become popular in the UK too. It can be a good day to find a bargain in the shops or online.
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