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Guy Fawkes Day = Gunpowder Day

Monday, November 05, 2012

Guy Fawkes Day = Gunpowder Day

When : Always November 5th

Guy Fawkes Day and Gunpowder Day are one and the same. It commemorates the infamous Gunpowder Conspiracy of 1605 in England. It was led by, you guessed it, Guy Fawkes.

The Roots of Gunpowder Day or Guy Fawkes Day
In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics in the country. He forbid Catholics from practicing their religion ,and punished Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant church.

The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who sought to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. They planned to do so, when the king and his supporters were in the buildings. Their plot was uncovered on November 5, 1605. Thirty six barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the leader of the conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. He was arrested just as he was about to ignite the gunpowder.

How do people in England celebrate Gunpowder Day? They do so, with fireworks and bonfires.

Thought for the Day: Are we celebrating Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators, for attempting to eliminate religious persecution? Or, are we celebrating the government's successful discovery of the plot, saving many lives? ...You make the call.

Origin of Guy Fawkes Day:
We know the origin of the cause for this special day. We do not know when this special day began to be celebrated. It likely began in the 1600s.

Note: This special day lends proof the the theory that notoriety results in recognition.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATRICIAAK 11/5/2012 9:00PM


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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/5/2012 1:53PM

    love bon fires and you can't have them in my neighborhood! love the smell of burning leraves!


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ADELE66 11/5/2012 12:57PM

    I think that the fact that we stick effigies of Guy Fawkes on top of the bonfire suggests that (traditionally) we might be siding with the government!

Though the event is referred to as the Gunpowder Plot I have never heard it called Gunpowder Day in England though - sometimes people call it Fireworks Night - but usually it's Guy Fawkes Night.

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CANNINGNANNY 11/5/2012 9:58AM

    I didn't know that !!!!
Good for them for standing up to the King and defending their Faith...But bad for them as murder never is good.

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PYNETREE 11/5/2012 9:09AM

    Very interesting. Thanks for the wee history lesson.

And happy Guy Fawkes Day! emoticon

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PMAY0313 11/5/2012 7:49AM


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LITTLEWIND53 11/5/2012 6:52AM

    I vaugly remember hearing the name Guy Fawkes, but never knew the story behind it. Thanks for the history lesson.....

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/5/2012 6:43AM

  Very interesting! Thanks for the history on this as I have seen Guy Fawkes on calendars and mentioned in articles but never made my lazy self do the research to find out the meaning of it all. emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 11/5/2012 6:42AM

  I did not know this

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