What is Guy Fawkes Day?
Guy Fawkes Day, also called Bonfire Night, marks a group of 13 conspirators’ plot to blow up the British Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder. On November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes, one of the conspirators, was caught in the cellar under Parliament that contained the gunpowder, and was arrested and executed.
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When is Guy Fawkes Day?
November 5 of each year.
How do people celebrate Guy Fawkes Day?
Guy Fawkes Day celebrations in Britain include firework displays and bonfires. Children make effigies of Guy Fawkes from old clothes stuffed with newspaper and walk through the streets with their “Guy” while asking passersby for “a penny for Guy.” They use the money to buy fireworks. Effigies of “Guy” are then tossed into the bonfires and burned. The events of November 5, 1605 are also remembered in the following nursery rhyme:
Remember, remember, the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
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Sources: history.com, bonfirenight.net, holidays.kaboose.com