Bonfire Night

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A photomontage of fireworks from a Guy Fawkes Night display at Roundwood Park in Harlesden, London, by Billy Hicks A photomontage of fireworks from a Guy Fawkes Night display at Roundwood Park in Harlesden, London, by Billy Hicks

Although the religious aspects have been blurred over time, and it is no longer seen as a day of thanksgiving, “Bonfire Night” is still a national celebration in the United Kingdom.

How did it start?

Originally it was a celebration marking thwarting the plot to blow up parliament. Bonfires were lit across London and this custom spread across the country, with 5th November becoming a day of annual thanksgiving. Commemorative fireworks have been let off to mark the occasion since the mid-seventeenth century.

By the 19th Century, the effigy of Guy Fawkes was being placed on the bonfires in commemoration of the failed Gunpowder plot.

So who was Guy Fawkes?

Born in York to Edward and Edith Fawkes, Guy Fawkes was baptised a Protestant at St Michael le Belfry on the 16th…

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