Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire, is the most popular and widely celebrated British Holiday and has virtually replaced Halloween. Many of the customs of Guy Fawkes Night come from Halloween. The bonfires which are the main attraction of the celebration are used to burn effigies called Guys.

In the week before November 5th, children construct these guys by using old clothes and put them on Street corners, outside shops and pubs begging for A penny for the Guy, mister? These pennies are spent on fireworks for the big day.

As soon as it gets dark, on November 5th, the festivities begin. Every city, town and village in the country lights its bonfires and there are thousands of private bonfire parties. Families, friends and neighbours get together and watch the bonfire. Children burn their Guys and the sky is full of fireworks.

Guy Fawkes was drawn into a conspiracy to kill King James. On the night of November 4th, 1604 he was discovered in the cellar under the Palace of Westminster with incriminating evidence and was arrested.



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