Monday, 5 November 2012

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!!

HAPPY GUY FAWKES DAY!!


Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5th November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5th 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.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, was a failed conspiracy by a group of provincial English Catholics to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England and replace him with a Catholic head of state. In the immediate aftermath of the arrest of Guy Fawkes, James's Council allowed the public to celebrate the king's survival with bonfires, so long as they were "without any danger or disorder".  This made 1605 the first year the plot's failure was celebrated.
Days before the surviving conspirators were executed, in January 1606 Parliament passed the Observance of 5th November Act 1605, commonly known as the "Thanksgiving Act". It was proposed by a Puritan Member of Parliament, Edward Montagu, who suggested that the king's apparent deliverance by divine intervention deserved some measure of official recognition, and kept 5th November free as a day of thanksgiving while in theory making attendance at Church mandatory.  A new form of service was also added to the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer, for use on 5th November.





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







(Taken from the film V for Vendetta)

Remember to keep safe when using fireworks!  Have fun! xxx