Remember, remember the
fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
This year Friday, November
5 marks the fateful day in
1605 when Guy
Fawkes and 12 conspirators planned to blow Parliament
to smithereens and were stopped in their tracks when
Fawkes himself was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder under
the House of Lords.
bonfires have lit the night skies across the U.K. every year
on November 5th to mark the failed Gunpowder
Major celebrations take place from late October through the first week of November, with
fireworks or traditional bonfires ablaze in
many towns. Most notably in Lewes, the UK town boasts the biggest bonfire night party in the nation featuring
spectacular fireworks displays.
effigies of "the Guy" on Bonfire Night (or Fireworks
Night... or Plot Night, depending on local traditions) has
also became a popular pastime.
Elsewhere, the tradition
is still active in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland,
and Labrador in northern Canada, and in many other communities around
the world where bonfires, fireworks, and fun have been carried
on by Guy Fawkes Day followers for generations.
Guy Fawkes, pop culture hero
Thanks to the film V for
Vendetta, and the Internet group Anonymous, the Guy Fawkes mask is one of the world's most popular.
Condemned as a traitor in the 17th century, Guy Fawkes slowly but surely took on the status of legend by the 19th century, when Fawkes was being portrayed in a generally sympathetic light in historical romances and popular books.
Today, instead of a being held up as object of derision, Fawkes is sometimes referred to by cynics as "the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions".
Most recently, Fawkes' reputation as a popular revolutionary was reinforced in the 2006 film V for Vendetta, based on the comic novel by Alan Moore. As the character V rallies the public to take back the reigns of government, the plot's protagonist wears a Guy Fawkes mask in a film driven by strong allusions to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Members of the Internet group Anonymous - famed for initiating online civil disobedience - has also incorporated Fawkes symbolism by appearing in public wearing Guy Fawkes masks popularized by the comic book and film. Today, their adoption of the mask has led to it to become a top seller on Amazon.com with sales of hundreds of thousands a year.
More about Guy Fawkes Day & Bonfire Night around the Web:
Elsewhere on the Web, find out more about Guy Fawkes and infamous Papist Plot, along with special bonfire & fireworks displays, party ideas, recipes and general fun & frivolity planned in commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day...
Fawkes & Bonfire Night - Entertaining online exhibit
with facts and history, information on current Guy Fawkes Day celebrations
in the UK and around the world, traditional rhymes and chants,
recipes, e-cards, related resources, and an online shop.
Plot Society - Everything you always wanted to know,
including downloadable texts of documents pertaining to the
Guy Fawkes plot, bio's on the major and minor players, links
to associated places, history timeline.
Night Recipes - With complete instructions for cold
night comfort foods including hot spiced cider, mulled wine,
soups, nibbles, and sweet treats to savor.
Bonfire Night Traditions - A good guide to the holiday including traditional recipes for jacket potatoes, Yorkshire parkin, and toffee apples plus browse around for fun facts, history, and a database of local bonfire night festivities.