Guy Fawkes – Bonfire Night traditions
It’s coming up to Bonfire Night, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes night or Fireworks Night. It’s one of the busiest times of year for firework display companies such as Blaze Fireworks.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people attend organised bonfire night firework displays, or have their own firework display in their garden, but don’t really know where the tradition originated from.
On the 5th November 1605, Guy Fawkes was guarding explosives that the members of the “Gunpowder Plot” had placed beneath the House of Lords. The Gunpowder Plot gang were aiming to blow up the House of Lords and kill the King, King James the 1st.
A number of people within the Gunpowder Plot gang had worries because of the innocent people that could be hurt or killed. They sent warning letters to stay away from the Houses of Parliament but one of these letters had reached the King.
The security forces stormed the parliament building early on November 5th capturing and eventually killing Guy Fawkes.
Modern Bonfire Night and Fireworks
Every year the Gunpowder plot is commemorated with bonfire and effigies of the ‘Guy’. Fireworks represent the gunpowder that would have gone off had the plan succeeded.