Bonfire Night

Every year on 5th of November, the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot, Guy Fawkes is remembered.  In 1605, a group of catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, plotted to blow up the English Parliament and King James I, on the day the King was set to open Parliament. However, the barrels of gunpowder were discovered and Guy Fawkes was caught.

Bonfire night is celebrated  all over the UK. In towns and villages they light huge bonfires and set off spectacular fireworks. On top of the bonfire they burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes and celebrate the fact that his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I failed.

Here is the beginning of a famous rhyme:

“Remember, remember,
the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why
Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!”

 Here is the opening clip from the film ‘V for Vendetta’ which  is about the loss of freedom and identity in a Britain that has become a totalitarian state, “V”, a superhuman vigilante who models himself on Guy Fawkes, tries to liberate his homeland.


 

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