Bonfire Night!

Remember, remember! The fifth of November!

The Gunpowder Plot

The year? 1605. Where? Parliament, England. Who? Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby, Francis Tresham (among others). The Plan? Blow up Parliament (with many kegs of gunpowder) in order to set things in motion for English Catholics.



Every year, on the 5th of November, many gather together in honor of that fateful day of the failed Gunpowder Plot. With fireworks, food, festivities, and bonfires galore, the world gathers in memoriam of this rebellion in the hopes of never forgetting such an attempt at religious freedom.

Bonfire Night Festivities

Sunday, Oct. 5th, 7pm

Everywhere!

Bring your fireworks and friends (but leave your conspirators at home) as we celebrate a day that will live in infamy - the day of the Gunpowder Plot.

A Little History...

1605, Parliament is set to open the 5th of November. Now, during this time, Catholics were not being treated fairly; harsh laws restricting the practice of their religion and religious intolerance were causing quite an upset. Robert Catesby, along with Guy Fawkes, Francis Tresham, and others, were all against the horrible conditions for Catholics in England and crafted a plan to tip the scales in the favour of the Catholics: plant large amounts of gunpowder in the cellar of Parliament and detonate it on the 5th of November - when King James I would make his appearance - thus killing him, and allowing his daughter, Elizabeth, to ascend to the throne and making Britain a Catholic nation.


However, things did not go as planned... Suddenly, MP Lord Monteagle receives a mysterious letter not ten days from the "D-Day", warning him NOT to arrive at Parliament on the 5th of November. Now, it's suspected, but not entirely proven, that Francis Tresham (whom happens to be the brother-in-law to Lord Monteagle) sent the letter, but who knows?


Lord Monteagle, not one to let horrible things happen, does not conceal the letter. He shares it around Parliament and eventually the kegs of gunpowder are discovered in the cellar of Parliament and the plot was foiled - almost all of the men involved were imprisoned and executed.


Eventually, King James I, in what could be seen as an act of relief and humility, deemed the 5th of November a national holiday.

WARNING!

Please be careful with ALL flammable materials and use under adult supervision. Enjoy yourself, responsibly.


Guy Fawkes lost his life, but wouldn't have wanted you too.

Bonfire Safety Tips with Guy Fawkes