History[edit | edit source]
The so-called Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder was discovered on 5th November 1605. One of the leaders, Guy Fawkes was captured and sent to the Tower of London and later tortured and executed. Since then, 5th November became known as Guy Fawkes Night and effigies of Guy Fawkes, known popularly as "the Guy", were made with clothes stuffed with hay or paper. Children would take their "guy" out on the streets, in more recent times often pushing him/it around in a pram or pushchair, and ask for a "penny for the guy" to pay for fireworks. At night the "guys" were placed on the top of the bonfires that were often lit in people’s gardens.
Bonfire Night cusine[edit | edit source]
Traditional foodstuffs associated with Bonfire Night include "piping hot baked potatoes".
Chants[edit | edit source]
Remember, remember the fifth of November.
Gunpowder, treason, and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.