Sunday, 5 November 2006

Remember...Remember...the 5th of November...


Britain today celebrates the 5th of November which is called Guy Fawkes night or Bonfire night, this day commemorates the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes plotted alongside other men to blow up the Houses of Parliament using barrels of gun powder.


Guy Fawkes and his followers were Catholics and wanted to assassinate the Protestant King James I who was prosecuting the Catholics at that time.

The King learnt of the plot and ordered his troops to stop the conspirators.
Guy Fawkes was caught on the morning of November 5th, he was tortured then executed.

On the night of November 5th 1605, bonfires were lit to celebrate the safety of the king, since that day November the 5th has become known as Bonfire Night and every year is celebrated with displays of fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire.

This is where the saying "Remember Remember the 5th of November comes from.


Most major parks & fields in the UK will have their bonfire and fireworks display this evening, many people will have a private fireworks night in their back gardens to celebrate what nearly became probably the nearest that England came to becoming a republic.
Usually many accidents are reported due to injuries from fireworks or bonfires but that never stops people from enjoying this noisy night.

So if you are planning to go to one of these displays then wrap up warm and have a safe and enjoyable evening.

11 comments:

Trabilsia said...
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Trabilsia said...

Shall we say Happy Guy Fawkes Day ?

Have fun and take care !

Safia speaks said...

A British al-Qaeda - how nice!

I´m not an explosive expert but from what I know, it would not have been possible to blow up the House of Lords with sheer gunpowder. Black gunpowder doesn´t explode but ignites and burns, creating a gas that can be used as an propellant in gun barrels - but not as any improvised explosive device such as a bomb.

Gunpowder is utterly useless for blowing up buildings or people on stages.

To me the story of Guy Fawkes has always made me suspicious if king James could be behind the plot to eliminate catholic resistance among his military personell using Guy Fawkes and his people as conspiracy excuses. Well, we will probably never know...

AngloLibyan said...

trabilsia i have never heard anyone say it before but thank you :o)

Safia, from what i read about this plot, you are right, apparently it was not possible to blow up the houses of parliament using gun powder, at that time Catholics were being prosecuted by the King so you never know!

Living Away said...

I didn't know anything about Guy Fawkes!
Thanks for sharing it!
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! lol

Lebeeya said...

I've never heard about Guy Fawkes day!

Interesting...

AngloLibyan said...

thanks living away & lebeeya.
last night was a very noisy night in London, fireworks and banging everywhere until quite late a bit like The Prophets birthday in Libya, thats if fireworks are still used, i do not know.

Trabilsia said...

Oh, but we did say it way back when I was in school . I guess many things have changed lol!

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