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Nov 5
All day
Guy Fawkes Day / Bonfire Night

This is a secular celebration

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.

Modern celebrations include the building of a large bonfire, burning of effigies made of straw or paper stuffed into old clothes on the bonfire that represent Guy Fawkes (the 'Guy') and fireworks displays. Traditionally, these effigies are carried through the streets in the days leading up to Guy Fawkes Day and children ask passers-by for "a penny for the guy." The fireworks represent the explosives that were never used by the plotters. Large scale displays are common and are often set to music with BBQ's, entertainment and charity collections.  

Location

United Kingdom

Details

Contact: Becky Lamyman
E: rsl7@kent.ac.uk
Categories: Religious festivals

 

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