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
A Little History...
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.
Fireworks! Bonfires! Hey, you might even come upon an effigy of Guy Fawkes himself!
Enjoy some classic English dishes, like the traditional Bonfire Night treats Bangers and Mash, Baked Beans, and Baked Potatoes!
Leave the conspirators at home (please) and watch elaborate firework displays!