Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot…
Halloween might be over but millions of people will be celebrating this weekend. There will be fireworks displays in most of the parks and open spaces up and down the breadth of
as we celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire night. It’s a night with sparklers, sugary food such as toffee apples, candy floss and warming drinks like Irish coffee and hot chocolate. Children get to stay up late and play with sparklers. It’s a lot of fun and while many people have their own celebration in their garden with friends and family, most people will head to a local display and mingle with other people who live in the same area. Britain
Why do we celebrate the fifth of November like this?
On the fifth of November 1605 a group of conspirators attempted to kill the king, James I of
England (James VI of ) by placing gunpowder in the basement of the Houses of Parliament. The idea was to blow the building up the next day and kill the king and a large number of his strongest supporters in one fell swoop. Luckily, they failed. The plot was revealed and the conspirators were captured (most of them!) including a lowly watchman who has subsequently had the day named him – Guy Fawkes. It does seem a little strange to think that so many people celebrate the seat of government NOT blowing up by pretending to blow it up and burn effigies of one of the conspirators! Scotland
|In V for Vendetta, Parliament was blown up at the climax of the film - we celebrate this not happening in 1605!|
I did a little research for this post and found out that one of the reasons Guy Fawkes Night is still celebrated is that for a long time it was illegal not to celebrate it in Britain. In 1606 a law was passed that the commemorating of the plot's failure would be annual event. This act was repealed over 150 years ago in 1859, but the celebrations still continue to this day.
I realised I’ve simplified the background a bit, but I want to celebrate an occasion that is as unique to
Britain (and other Commonwealth countries!) as 4th of July is to the . Now I want to try to find a book related to this event…the best I could get was a scene in Karen Chance’s Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer 4) where Cassie ends up in the cellars at US surrounded by barrels of gun powder… Westminster
Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes Night? How? And does anyone know of any other books where the fifth of November is celebrated…?