November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day! Fawkes was caught, tried and then hung for his role in the “Gunpowder Plot” – a plan to blow up the House of Lords. In England, today Guy Fawkes’ execution is celebrated…
According to Wikipedia :
Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606) was a member of a group of English Roman Catholics who attempted to carry out the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I of England, to destroy Protestant rule by killing the Protestant aristocracy, on 5 November 1605.
Fawkes is celebrated in popular culture, literature, song (John Lennon’s “remember, remember, the 5th of November…”), poetry, and in film and television.
Just to be clear: many English people celebrate the day in opposition to Guy Fawkes, but the movie and more recent lore has reversed that perception of Fawkes as “the bad guy” in all of this. The movie points out that Fawkes was not trying to blow up Parliament, but the House of Lords – the seat of autocratic rule in England at the time.
Learn the real story of Guy Fawkes and celebrate the 5th of November for the right reason!