It's an important day for us Brits..here is all about it ...
I miss not having Guy Fawkes day here in America.
The story behind bonfire night November 5th commemorates the failure of the November 1605 Gunpowder Plot by a gang of Roman Catholic activists led by Warwickshire-born Robert Catesby.
When Protestant King James I acceded to the throne, English Catholics had hoped that the persecution they had felt for over 45 years under Queen Elizabeth I would finally end, and they would be granted the freedom to practice their religion.
When this didn't transpire, a group of conspirators resolved to assassinate the King and his ministers by blowing up the Palace of Westminster during the state opening of Parliament.
On the day we make an effigy of Guy Fawkes with old clothes stuffed with Autumn dry leaves ...using a pillow case for the head , a mask for it's face and a hat.
Then we build a large stack of fire wood, pallets etc to make a bonfire and we place 'Guy' on the top of the fire , set lite to it and set off fireworks.
We eat hotdogs, burgers and all lovely food.
When I was a little girl it was a 'BIG' day ...everyone celebrated it and the air over the island just smelt of burning wood and firework smoke.
Nowadays because of safety etc ..they tend to gather at an organized bonfire night ...and watch the huge firework display ...it's not so much fun ...but that is how it goes.
I hope that the day doesn't get forgotten in the future.
It's an important British tradition.
(Physicists from the Institute of Physics later calculated that the 2,500kg of gunpowder beneath Parliament would have obliterated an area 500 metres from the centre of the explosion).
The scheme began to unravel when an anonymous letter was sent to William Parker, the 4th Baron Monteagle, warning him to avoid the House of Lords.
Explosive expert Fawkes, who had been left in the cellars to set off the fuse, was caught when a group of guards discovered him at the last moment.
Fawkes was arrested, sent to the Tower of London and tortured until he gave up the names of his fellow plotters.
Lord Monteagle was rewarded with £500 plus £200 worth of lands for his service in protecting the crown.
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Have a wonderful time whatever you are doing
In Guernsey French Patois we would call Guy Fawkes night
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