Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot ….
Now us British folk have our own little quirks and today is one of them. The 5th of November marks an important date in our history as the day we nearly lost the Houses of Parliament 1605. Guy Fawkes and his men managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder into the chamber below the house of Lords. Enough to wipe it all out a replica of the explosion has been carried out to show just what 1000kg of gunpowder would do, you can watch that here. Fawkes being the only man remaining to set the fuse was caught out at the last minute and Parliament was saved. Although every inch of the house is checked every day, ceremoniously on this day the guards search the cellars to ensure no 21stC Guy Fawkes lurks behind.
So whats with all the fuss today?
Traditionally today bonfires are held on this day in homage to the plot that was never executed. The firework replicate the gunpowder explosions and an effigy of Guy is burned along with wood and other rubbish. Our traditions and rituals are slowly fading out and now Bonfire Night is a chance to burn stuff, make loud bangs and generally ‘Christmas come early’ for pyromaniacs but the story is historic and mostly based on fact.
No other country in the world observes November the 5th like we do so if you sat at home now in one of the many different countries my blog reaches spare a little thought for my dog who isn’t very comfortable with the big bangs and just imagine how different our British history would have been if 410 years ago we lost our home for the Government!