Bonfire Night

Guy Fawkes Quick Facts - US

AKA NameGuy Fawkes Day, Guy Fawkes Night
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2022 DateNovember 5, 2022
2023 DateNovember 5, 2023
Guy Fawkes (UK)

Guy Fawkes History

Bonfire Night commemorates the survival of King James I in 1605. Guy Fawkes and a group of plotters attempted to blow up the House of Parliament in London in retaliation for the laws passed against Catholics. When this plan was uncovered, King James ordered the English to have a bonfire on November 5th to celebrate his survival. Bonfire Night is celebrated annually on November 5.

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Guy Fawkes Facts

  • Guy Fawkes smuggled in 36 barrels of gunpowder to the rented house next to the House of Parliament. According to physicists, the 2,500kg of gun powder would've destroyed 500m of the surrounding area.
  • A common tradition is to search the cellars of the House of Parliament before the state opening each year. The Yeomen of the Guard perform a ceremonial check as a reference to the gunpowder plot 400 years ago.
  • The lantern that Guy Fawkes carried in 1605 can be found displayed in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.
  • Guy Fawke's look and appearance (his manicured moustache and beard) became synonymous with rebellion after the 2005 movie, V for Vendetta showed the protagonist wearing a mask resembling Fawke's face.

Guy Fawkes Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend a parade. There are usually firework displays to celebrate the day. The fireworks represent the explosives that were never used by the culprits.
  • Attend a bonfire. A common tradition is to toss straw dummies onto bonfires as they represent Guy Fawkes.
  • Learn more about the gunpowder plot of 1605.

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