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Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Bonfire Night

“Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason why gunpowder, treason

Should ever be forgot.”

On the 5th November, or Bonfire Night, London’s night sky will be lit up with spectacular firework displays and bonfires.  Today, it’s a fun occasion for families and friends, but the significance of the day is rooted in the history of London and England’s monarchy.

 The ‘Gun Powder Plot’ of 1605, the so called ‘Gun Powder Plot’ was  a plan to blow up the House of Lords (Palace of Westminster) during the State Opening of Parliament and remove King James I from the throne.  By anonymous letter, the Palace authorities were informed of the plot and Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding the stockpile of explosives. To celebrate the plot’s failure and the King’s survival, people lit bonfires around London and the 5th November became a public day of thanksgiving.  And, every year since, Bonfire Night has been celebrated across England with traditionally, an effigy of Guy Fawkes at the centre of the bonfire and firework display.

Across London there will be organised bonfire and firework displays, so, wrap up warm, grab a packet of sparklers and join the fun.

To find out where, visit: www.visitlondon.com/tag/bonfire-night