Remember, remember! The fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!
Bonfire Night commemorates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in November 1605 by a gang of 12 Roman Catholic activists, who planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament to overthrow King James I with the hope of returning England to the Catholic faith.
With his fellow conspirators, Guy Fawkes had rented out a house close to the Houses of Parliament and managed to smuggle in 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar in the House of Lords.
A group of guards were subsequently caught when a group of guards checked the cellars at the last moment, and Fawkes, who had been left in the cellars to set off the fuse, was caught and arrested. Fawkes' other collaborators were also arrested, imprisoned and then executed.
Following the failed plot, Parliament declared November 5th as a national day of thanksgiving, and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.
The Houses of Parliament are still regularly searched by the Yeomen of the Guard before the state opening to ensure that no modern day Guy Fawkes is hiding in the cellars with a bomb.
Guy Fawkes Day (Bonfire Night) is celebrated in the United Kingdom, and in a number of countries that were formarly part of the British Empire, with fireworks, bonfires and parades.
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