Today is Fireworks Night/Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night in the UK. For the unaware, Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated after Brits uncovered Guy Fawkes who was trying to blow up the Houses of Parlament in what would be like 9/11 times a thousand. The method behind Guy Fawkes madness was to install a Roman Catholic king as, UK in the early 1600′s was a Protestant country. He was executed, and we celebrate the anniversary with fireworks and bonfires.
Despite being a dog lover, I actually really enjoy bonfire night, it’s a good time to get out of the house and – like all good holidays – I’m reminded of the food. The baked potatoes and toffee apples mainly, but it is a very divided holiday in the UK, with some people loving it, and some people hating it.
Nevertheless, here are 3 facts about the holiday:
- The use of bonfires is peculiar, as some people think that he was burnt alive. He wasn’t. He was hung, drawn (innards removed) and quartered (tied to four horses and torn into quarters). Well, he should’ve been, but he jumped before he was hung, thus breaking his neck.
- Catherine Wheels, a popular firework from the holiday, are named after the torture device that Catherine of Alexandria died on.
- The title refers to a poem, that most people only know the first two lines. Here’s the rest of it
- Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
- The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
- I know of no reason
- Why Gunpowder Treason
- Should ever be forgot.
- Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
- To blow up King and Parliament.
- Three-score barrels of powder below
- To prove old England’s overthrow;
- By God’s providence he was catch’d
- With a dark lantern and burning match.
- Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
- Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
I may get a baked potato and head to watch the fireworks in Eirias Park tomorrow, but it depends on how I feel after work to be honest – I may just sit outside the house and watch the fireworks. What are you doing?