“Remember, remember, the fifth of November,…”
Last week people all over Britain celebrated ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ attending public fireworks displays and gathering around huge bonfires. In the past many families used to buy their own fireworks and lit them in their back yards but this has become less and less common nowadays and although it is fun to see sky rockets and throw crackers or hold sparklers, tough health and safety regulations have made private fireworks displays more and more scarse.
‘Guy Fawkes Day’ also known as ‘Bonfire Night’ or ‘Fireworks Night’ celebrates the failure of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes and his fellow Catholic conspirators on November 5, 1605. They attempted to kill Protestant King James I and the Members of Parliament. However, the so-called ‘Gunpowder plot’ failed when the authorities were warned, and Fawkes, the man responsible for getting barrels of gunpowder into the basement of the Houses of Parliament, was captured, tortured and executed.
Although originally English, this festival is also celebrated in former British colonies. Here you can watch a video about this celebration.
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