Bonfire Night celebrates the catching and burning of Guido ‘Guy’ Fawkes, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament while King James I was in session. Fawkes was found in the cellars of the palace with gunpowder, and, under torture, confessed to his crimes. His punishment was to be burned at the stake, a common punishment of the time.
In the UK, we celebrate Bonfire Night, which is on November 5th, by lighting bonfires with an effigy (model) of a person, not necessarily Guy Fawkes. We also have warm food, drinks, and children hold sparklers. The highlight of the night is the fireworks display, which can last between ten minutes and an hour!
I’ll leave you now with a common saying we say on Bonfire Night. ‘Remember remember, the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why this kind of treason should ever be forgot’.
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