History of Bonfire Night
Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot!
The Fifth of November English Folk Verse (c.1870)
On November 5 this year people across the UK will light bonfires, let off fireworks, and burn effigies of a man named Guy Fawkes. The reason we do this is because it’s the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (1605); a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London by a group of dissident Catholics.
In 1603, Protestant James I became King of England. His predecessor Queen Elizabeth I had repressed Catholicism in England. Many Catholics hoped that James, being the son of the late Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, would be more sympathetic to their plight. He wasn’t and continued to carry out persecutions against them.Read Full Article