Guy Fawkes Night

05/11/2019 18:28

Each year on the 5th of November, people in Britain remember the Gunpowder Plot from 1605.  On this night, Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby and their friends planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in an attempt to kill King James I and his government.  Guy Fawkes was a Catholic and didn’t agree with the Protestant faith of the King and so they plotted to blow up the King and the government in the hopes that England would be Catholic again.

Guy Fawkes and his friends put 36 barrels of gunpowder into the cellars underneath the House of Lords to set off a huge explosion.  However, one member of the group sent a letter to his friend who worked in Parliament, warning him to stay away from the building on the 5th November.  The King’s supporters retrieved the letter and the plot was foiled.  As Guy Fawkes was guarding the barrels, he was arrested and taken to the Tower of London and executed two months later.

Today, adults set-off fireworks, light bonfires and sometimes burn a doll that looks like Guy Fawkes to remember the Gunpowder Plot.

There is a famous rhyme to remember this occasion:

 Remember, remember the 5th of November,

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason

why the gunpowder treason

should ever be forgot.

Fireworks are beautiful and sparklers are fun, but they can be dangerous. Only adults should light fireworks. Also remember to wear gloves to protect your hands when holding sparklers.