“Remember, remember the Fifth of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot.”
Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night:
Is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th of November. It celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5 November in 1605, when thirteen young men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Among them was Guy Fawkes, Britain’s most notorious traitor. On the night of November 5th, throughout Britain, we commenorate the capture of Guy Fawkes with bonfires and fireworks, and by burning an effigy of Guy. You could say it is a British “Fourth of July” type event.
On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5thm, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night.
Some of the English have been known to wonder, in a tongue in cheek kind of way, whether they are celebrating Fawkes’ execution or honoring his attempt to do away with the government.