Why Do We Celebrate Bonfire Night?

Why Do We Celebrate Bonfire Night?

Date: 02 Nov 2016

Every year, on 5th November, people from all walks of life celebrate the Bonfire Night. It has become such a huge tradition, from small fireworks parties in the back gardens to large displays in public parks, and it all started with one guy who wanted to blow up parliament in 1605.

We all know the story of how a group of men, led by Guy Fawkes hid barrels full of gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament in London, ready to set off a massive explosion. Fortunately, the plot was discovered when a member of the group sent a letter to his friend who worked in Parliament, warning him to stay away on November 5th.

The Gunpowder Plot was about religion. England was a Protestant country, and the plotters were Catholic. The group wanted the return of the Catholic faith. They thought they could do this by killing King James I and his ministers.

On 5th November 1605, Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King's escape from assassination by lighting bonfires and have celebrated ever since. Today’s celebrations seem so distant from the original plot of four hundred years ago.

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

This is a uniquely British event is usually great fun for the whole family but always remember to stay safe.