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Wednesday, September 28th, 2005, 01:54 PM
On the night of November 5th, throughout Britain, the capture of Guy Fawkes is commemorated with bonfires and fireworks, and by burning an effigy of Guy.

This site offers a concise history of the Gunpowder Plot, a background of the festivities, traditional rhymes and night recipes, etc.:


A board connected to this site brings about the latest news and information on Guy Fawkesology:


Wednesday, September 28th, 2005, 01:55 PM
Handshake marks plot anniversary

A unique reconciliation is to take place between descendants of the gunpowder plotters and loyal Royals.

The ceremony, marking the 400-year anniversary of the plot, will see the Duke of Northumberland shaking hands with the Marquess of Salisbury.

The Duke descends from the family of plotter Thomas Percy while the Marquess' ancestor, Robert Cecil, was a minister under James I.

The event will happen in Westminster Hall, where the plotters were tried.

It will also take place against a backdrop of powder barrels and an enlarged version of a painting depicting Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators.

Chris Pond, project director, said February 1605 was the final month in which the plotters were trying to dig a tunnel under the Houses of Parliament as part of their scheme.

Commemorative events

In March the gang discovered that the cellar underneath Parliament, where Guy Fawkes was eventually arrested, was available to rent.

Mr Pond said: "The handshake will be a sort of gesture of reconciliation between adversaries at the time.

"Because it is very difficult to provide images of the gunpowder plot we hope it will be an opportunity to highlight a series of commemorative events."

The commemorations will begin with an exhibition at Shakespeare's Globe in London, which tells the story of Guy Fawkes and his gang who planned to assassinate the King of England and Scotland, his nobles, bishops and all members of parliament.

Events will culminate in the premiere of a new play about the plot at Tower Hill, London on 5 November.

Special exhibitions and events will also take place at Waltham Abbey, Essex, Coughton Court, Warwickshire, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Syon House, Brentford, Middlesex.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2005/02/22 08:34:41 GMT

Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 01:18 AM
An interesting fact about bonfire night is that apparently the customs surrounding are actually derived from an ancient (probably pre-Celtic) festival. It's parallel can be found in Halloween, celebrated at the same time of year.

Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 01:35 AM
Indeed, the festival of Samhain, as the Celts called it, when the night was at its longest, the spirits of the dead were the closest to the living, and when fires had to be lit to fuel the sun for the coming year. If I recall correctly, the term balefire was used for the bonfires too.

Proximate to both Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night is Einherjars Day, November 11th, the Norse "all heroes day," and which date was also used as the official end of WW2, and of course, the christians way back when they were corrupting and conquering Thule had to toss in "All Saints Day" the day after Hallowe'en.

Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 02:40 AM
that sounds great I gotta mark it on my calendar

Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 02:49 AM
Bonfire Night is for the UK like July 4th is for the Americans, it's the time of year we unleash loads of fireworks.

There's also the big bonfires with effigies of Guy Fawkes burning on them, there's cinder toffee (which I love), and candied apples and all kinds of other stuff. Most people just get lost in the "awesome, fireworks and stuff" aspect and fail to remember the real significance though.

Friday, November 4th, 2005, 11:58 PM
Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated in Britain annually on November 5th. The event is accompanied by firework displays, the lighting of bonfires and the ceremonial effigy-burning of one Guy Fawkes. The origin of this celebration stems from events which took place in 1605 and was a conspiracy known as "The Gunpowder Plot," intended to take place on November 5th of that year (the day set for the opening of Parliament). The object of The Gunpowder Plot was to blow up English Parliament along with the ruling monarch, King James I. It was hoped that such a disaster would initiate a great uprising of English Catholics, who were distressed by the increased severity of penal laws against the practice of their religion.

link (http://www.novareinna.com/festive/guy.html)