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 Bonfire Night is rich in history, I hope you enjoy these facts!

Remember remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

With Bonfire night, very close by people are arranging their firework displays, preparing their bonfires and getting their scarves and gloves at the ready! Its a lovely night, where everyone is close by, huddling round the fire! But a lot of people don’t know where it all began.

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Bonfire Night is also known as Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day and Firework Night.

Bonfires are lit to burn the “Guy” which a kind of dummy that represents Fawkes.

There were 36 barrels of gun powder in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament.

Over 400 years ago, Guy Fawkes was part of a team of 13 Catholics brought together to carry out the Gunpowder Plot, intending to blow up King James I and his government whilst they were in the famous Houses of Parliament.

Fawkes was the explosive expert, entrusted with the task of deploying the gunpowder. The plot itself is thought to have been organised by Robert Catesby.

Guy Fawkes was born in April 1570 in York. Although his immediate family were all Protestants, in keeping with the accepted religious practice in England at the time, his maternal grandparents were recusant Catholics.

Fawkes was found and arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Fawkes was tortured until he give the names of his counterparts.

Following the unearthing of the plot and the survival of King James, he ordered the people of England to have a bonfire on the night on November 5th. This fire was traditionally topped off with an effigy of The Catholic Pope.

Traditions include – penny for the guy, apple bobbing, fireworks and sparklers.

Fawkes was sentenced to the traditional traitors’ death of a hanging. In the event, he jumped from the gallows, breaking his own neck and thereby avoiding the horror of being cut down while still alive. His lifeless body was hacked into quarters and his remains were sent to the four corners of the kingdom as a warning to others.

The ploy was rumbled when one of the Catholic Gunpowder Plot team wrote to a friend in parliament warning him of the plan to blow up him and his colleagues. He warned him to stay away on November 5th.

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