-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Guy Fawkes Day

Nov 01, 2016

Guy Fawkes Day might be a fun bonfire night for us, but it has a weird (and interesting) historical, religious and political beginning. This British holiday dates way back to 1603. It's rooted in a pretty serious crime, but today it's a fun, quirky holiday. Check out the down low on Guy Fawkes Day.

The Angry Catholic

The year 1605 was not a good time to be Catholic in England. Queen Elizabeth I (not to be confused with the current Queen Elizabeth II), had just died and had been replaced by King James I. Queen Elizabeth I had not been very nice to the Catholics and many people hoped that King James would be nicer to them - he wasn't. A small group of angry Catholics - including Guy Fawkes - decided to take matters into their own hands. The group plotted to blow up the King and the entire British Parliament. However, one of the members of the rebel group warned a friend of his (who was a Member of Parliament) about the bombing. As a result, Guy Fawkes and his men were caught loading gunpowder into the Parliament's basement on November 5th. The men were executed for treason.

The Gunpowder Plot was meant to blow up British ParliamentThe Gunpowder Plot was meant to blow up British ParliamentCourtesy of Wiki Commons
 

The Holiday

So how did treason and gunpowder turn into a national holiday? It all started in 1605 - the same year Guy Fawkes' scheme was prevented. The British people celebrated the foiled attack by burning effigies (dummies) of Guy Fawkes. The tradition continued and now the holiday is celebrated every November 5th with bonfires, fireworks and burning dummies. Some kids even keep up the old tradition of making a dummy of Guy Fawkes and collecting change for it. They use the money they collect to buy fireworks. These days, the holiday is widely called Bonfire Night.

Guy Fawkes is also known as Guy Fawkes is also known as "Bonfire Night"Courtesy of The Toronto Sun
 

The Rhyme

Having a hard time remembering the important details of Guy Fawkes Day? This traditional nursery rhyme should help:

"Remember, remember the fifth of November - Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder, treason should ever be forgot."

This nursery rhyme is designed to make sure you remember Guy Fawkes Day!This nursery rhyme is designed to make sure you remember Guy Fawkes Day!Courtesy of newgrounds.com
 
Have Your Say

Have you ever heard of this day before? Do celebrate Guy Fawkes Day? Let us know!

 

27 Comments

Related Stories

Micro a micro
The American Thanksgiving has many traditions but the most important one has got to be the footba...
Micro national candy day micro
We’re sure you’re happy to know you can celebrate National Candy Day every year! This November 4t...
Micro november micro
Oh, November - a month that’s got a bit of a bad rap. Falling in-between Halloween and Christmas ...
Micro november micro
November kicks off the holiday season with the Day of the Dead, a Mexican festival celebrating lo...
Tower of london poll

Where Was Guy Fawkes Hanged?

  • The Tower of London.
  • Westminster Abbey.
  • Buckingham Palace.
  • Balmoral Castle.

General In The Forums

iWonTheGame
iWonTheGame posted in Random:
18
reply about 3 hours
Boysrock50
Boysrock50 posted in Random:
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:16. :P "Boysrock50" wrote: 18 in April :( Goodness, already? That's not fair, man. You can't leave yet, you're one of the cool users. Could you maybe, like, grow younger instead of older? Because that'd be great. I'll brew up an anti-aging potion :D
reply about 3 hours
SimplyAda
SimplyAda posted in Debating:
Do you prefer to shop online or not?  :|
reply about 4 hours
100hp
100hp posted in Debating:
you can be fairly certain of your orientation at about any age around thirteen, or younger, too, maybe, but i do think that you'd need a more extensive understanding of sexuality before you're actually sure? your own sexuality and of sexuality in general. i mean, there is this misconception about sga orientations being s*x-central, which isn't true, since a young kid can have crushes on the same gender without even knowing about s*x at all in the first place. still, this is the difference between having an idea of your orientation and being certain of it (even if you may not be certain for many years after adolescence, too. it's not obligatory to figure it out before 20 or something). and it's really never too young for anybody to realize and acknowledge their attraction towards the same gender, it's just a matter of, will that attraction last for long enough after that for you to come out as the respective orientation? it's not just that you, as a girl, may be attracted to girls and boys now and later may just be attracted to boys--it could go totally the other way and find that you actually are only attracted to girls, but that only depends on your specific case and i don't know the details. it's fine to experiment with these labels i guess, but it's fair to say that many people will stop taking you seriously once you come out twice, thrice or more times as different things, because you hadn't thought it through properly. not to say that a single move like this that you do at thirteen will prove to be fatal or anything, though, if you live in a community that wouldn't put you at actual danger upon coming out, that is. you don't have to even choose a label if in the end you're not really sure, there shouldn't be pressure to do so. just go with something general and you'll get the point across. also keep in mind that 'coming out' isn't just a one time thing, and it's actually a continuous thing. sexuality won't come up in every discussion and you won't just go around yelling 'i'm gay!' around the whole city or something, you'll need to tell a lot of new people about it if you choose to and it will keep coming up. you can be out at school, but not at home. you can be out with friends, but not with the whole class. etc.  coming out isn't even such an important aspect in the first place if you ask me and it's a bonus pressure if you will. coming out will eventually come naturally when you get a same-gender partner and all, anyway, if you don't want to hide it forever or anything. good luck with that choice (in case i'm not too late with this reply, in which case good luck to whoever might be reading this for their own issue).
reply about 5 hours
syedarabia
no one
reply about 9 hours