Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

While we have trick-or-treaters on Halloween, it's not a traditional British celebration. But when kids have the chance of sweets, they're out there!
We have Bonfire Night, the fifth of November. It's to celebrate the man with the best idea as to what to do about Parliament-he wanted to blow it up.
Guy Fawkes set the 36 barrels of gunpowder in a rented cellar right under the Houses of Parliament - not the one there today, but the old one, that was there before the 1840's.
Sadly, it wasn't Fawkes that blew it up, it was a fire in the 1830's. But he had a good try. He was part of a Catholic conspiracy that disliked the new king, the Scottish James. Fawkes was captured in the act of setting the fuse, taken away, tortured and hanged, drawn and quartered. Most of the conspirators were captured, too.
So on November the fifth, we burn the guy on a bonfire, and set off fireworks. There are big firework displays, and traditional food like toffee apples and cinder toffee are consumed to celebrate the man who nearly destroyed Parliament.


J L said...

I couldn't remember when GFD was -- for some reason, I always think it's in early October.

Amazing security in those days, hmm? That he could put 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar under the building. Try that today!

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