Bonfire Night in Great Britain

Great Britain is getting ready to celebrate “Bonfire Night”, which is a yearly celebration on November 5. On this day we remember the failed gunpowder plot by Guy Fawkes in 1605. During this celebration “guy” dolls that represent Guy Fawkes are set alight and burned on the bonfire.

Guy Fawkes and 13 catholic extremists tried to convert England back to the catholic faith and tried to blow up the British Parliament, while the Protestant King James I, his sons and most other people were still in the building.

Guy Fawkes, Bonfire Night

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes and his followers had rolled 36 barrels of gunpowder into the cellars and waited for the king, when guards broke into the cellar and arrested them. They were take to the Tower of London, tortured and eventually killed.

“Remember, remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder, treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”

There are Bonfire Night firework displays held throughout the UK, but many people also ignite fireworks in their own back gardents. But as with any celebration, there are bonfire night parties everywhere, despite a school night!

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