Guy Fawkes Night
Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) is a celebration or tradition in the UK where we remember the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament (government building) in London with bonfires and fireworks.
In 1605, Guy Fawkes and his team of plotters attempted to destroy the Houses of Parliament in London, but were caught and executed for treason. They wanted to kill the king at the time for religious reasons.
We still remember this date today (5th November) by celebrating that the attempt failed.
Plot – A plan to do something harmful or bad (Plotter – person who plots)
Cellar – The room under a house of building, often for wine or storage
Foiled – Something prevented from succeeding
Executed – Killed by the state
Commemorate – Celebrating or remembering something that happened before
Treason – The crime of betraying one’s country (king, queen, government…)
Bonfire – A large fire to burn rubbish or celebrate something
Sparkler – A small stick that creates sparks that you can play with for fun (like a big match)
Effigy (dummy) – A model or sculpture of a person
To fizzle out – to slowly and gradually become less common and popular until it eventually stops existing
Every year on 5th November, we commemorate this event by gathering around bonfires and burning an effigy. We watch while playing with sparklers. At some point, there will also be fireworks too.
It’s a night of warm fires, drinks and food, and lots of fun!