Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Remember remember the 5th of November

I see no reason why the 5th of November should ever be forgot... If you have ever seen V for Vendetta then that line should be familiar to you. In reality though that line is reference to Guy Fawkes Night also known as Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night is a celebration in the United Kingdoms and some of its former colonies that remember the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes and 12 others to blow up parliament and kill King James. The attempt became known as the Gunpowder Plot.

Guy Fawkes is an interesting character in British history and has an interesting roll in its current culture. He is burned in effigy all over Great Britain on the 5th of November but yet a poll done by the BBC showed that he is considered to be one of the 100 greatest Britons. People protesting parliament have also been known to dress up as Guy Fawkes from time to time.

Michaela and I attended Lewes's Bonfire Night celebrations on the 5th. It was an interesting experience and I'm happy that we attended though I'm not sure if I would do it again. The biggest reason is that people had a really bad habit of throwing loud firework poppers in the middle of the crowds. We had several go off right around our feet. Plus they are loud enough that you feel it through your whole body and after a while both of us had head aches from it.

The movie at the top is of the parade part of the celebration near our Flat. At the end of this post there is a slide show of pictures of the event and a link to my YouTube page where you can view the other movies I took of the night.

My YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/darongw

1 comment:

  1. I thought it was interesting how the poem above continues, (especially if you've seen the movie)--

    Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
    To blow up the King and the Parliament
    Three score barrels of powder below
    Poor old England to overthrow
    By God's providence he was catched
    With a dark lantern and burning match
    Holloa boys, holloa boys
    God save the King!
    Hip hip hooray!
    Hip hip hooray!