Guy Fawkes Night, UK

November 5, 2017

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November” – this day in 1905 when a group of people planned to attempt to blow up Parliament. He was unsuccessful and caught in plenty of time.

Winchester Bonfire Night

We popped out this evening to join friends at the tail end of the ‘celebrations’. Crowds of people were meeting a the Guildhall and then walking through the streets to the park for a bonfire. Torches were handed out and lit, to those who were at the event and carried by most people who were going to the Bonfire. We didn’t. Kevin and Allison were joining us at the local pub for a bite to eat and to watch the “All Blacks v Ireland” game being played in Chicago, USA – that did not end well.

Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night

So why does this country (and NZ for that matter) celebrate it? It was a plot to ignite barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords. However, as history says the plot was foiled; whether by an anonymous letter to a Lord or good police work; the men involved were caught – Mr Guy Fawkes, in particular, was caught in the cellar of the House of Lords with the barrels of gunpowder in the early hours of the morning of 5th November. That evening, it is said, that the people set bonfires to celebrate that King James I was still safe. Hence the 5th November is also called Bonfire Night.

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes



History of the story obtained from here

  • on June 17, 2017

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