Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in England as the anniversary of the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, a conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605, the day that King James I was to open Parliament. Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar beneath the House of Lords with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder. Ultimately many other conspirators were chased, killed, arrested, imprisoned or executed.

The date is traditionally celebrated with bonfires, fireworks, and the burning of cloth effigies or “guys.”