Guy Fawkes Night

Just a week ago, on 5th on November, Cambridge (as many towns and cities in UK), celebrated Guy Fawkes Night. This celebration, nowadays consists on a fireworks spectacle and a giant bonfire, which I must admit is kilometers away from where you are and protected by a couple of fences. UK security dear…

Apparently, the origin of the celebration dates from 5 November 1605, when the catholic Guy Fawkes, member of the Gunpowder Plot was arrested. Their plan was to assassinate the protestant King James I by blowing up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England’s Parliament on 5 November 1605. After that, James nine-year old daughter will become a new catholic head of state.

However, thanks to an anonymous letter, the plan was uncovered and Guy, accompanied by 36 barrels of gunpowder was found and arrested. He and other Gunpowder Plot Conspirators were judged, accused of high treason and publicly executed.

To celebrate the failure of the plot, people lit bonfires all around London, and the day became a mixture of thanksgiving and anti-catholic demonstration.

Finally a traditional rhyme cited on this night… which may sound familiar

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes

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