Tuesday, November 14, 2006
A contribution from the Gordon Schools
Guy Fawkes Night
In 1605, thirteen men arranged a plot to blow up the houses of Parliament. They put 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the houses of Parliament. On 5th November Guy Fawkes went down into the cellar in an attempt to blow them up but he was stopped. He was caught and tortured, he was put onto a bonfire and left to burn.
Every year since then, British people celebrate the fact that the traitor’s plan was foiled. Since the foil of the plot, 5th November has become known as Bonfire Night and on this night people all over Britain light fireworks and burn a dummy on a bonfire to represent Guy Fawkes.
It has been doubted by some Englishmen whether we are commemorating the foiling of their plan or honouring his attempt to do away with the government.
By Michelle, Rachel & Katie