‘Remember, remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder,Treason & Plot’
Why do English people celebrate this date with bonfires & fireworks?
The origins of this commemoration are rooted in an attempt by Catholic radicals in Protestant England of 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliaments and kill not only the king but all his ministers and government and restore England to the Catholic church. Had this event succeeded, it would have been the equivalent of 9/11 today and would have certainly changed the course of English/and later British history. The name of one the radicals was Guy Fawkes, and his effigy is sometimes burnt on a bonfire to celebrate the failure of the conspiracy, as it was he who was caught red handed, ready to light the fuse, under the Houses of Parliament.