Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is a annual event that happens in Britain (U.K) on November 5th, we celebrate this holiday with bonfires, fireworks, and also by making a ‘Guy’. Which is a human figure made of clothes etc normally made by children, they go around the streets and to people doors asking for a ‘Penny for the Guy’.

While this is celebrated as a fun event these days, Bonfire Night represents rebellion, courage and punishment as the reason we celebrate this event is to remember the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Where a man named Guy Fawkes was caught under the Houses of Parliament with thirty six barrels of gunpowder that he was going to use to blow up the entire building. He was caught and hanged, and the day was made a holiday in order to remind the people what happens to those who go against King and Government.

You can find out more here : http://www.bonfirenight.net/

There is also a song/poem about that night that children sing:

 Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent 
To blow up king and parliament. 
Three score barrels were laid below 
To prove old England’s overthrow. 

By God’s mercy he was catch’d 
With a darkened lantern and burning match. 
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring. 
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him? 
Burn him!

 

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