Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

“Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”

Guy Fawkes Night

is annually held on November 5th. It is sometimes known as Bonfire Night and marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Many people light bonfires and set off fireworks.

What do people do?

Many people light bonfires and set off fireworks. As it is the end of autumn, it is the ideal opportunity to burn garden rubbish. Some light small bonfires in their own gardens, while other light larger ones in a communal space. In some towns and cities, the municipality organizes a bonfire and professional firework display in a park. These tend to be very popular. Popular foods include toffee apples, bonfire toffee and potatoes baked in the ashes of the fire. Guy Fawkes, a Catholic, was arrested, tortured and executed for his part in the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.  Fireworks can be dangerous, so many safety campaigners call for the sale of fireworks to the public to be restricted even more than at present and for more professional displays to be organized.

Do you know the “Story of the Gunpowder Plot”?

You can find it in YouTube:

You can listen to a summary where the story is explained:

or enjoy a dramatized version of the story:

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