Remember, remember, the 5th of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot; I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason, Should ever be forgot. 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 catch’d, With a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring, Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King! Hip hip Hoorah! Hip hip Hoorah! A penny loaf to feed ol’Pope, A farthing cheese to choke him. A pint of beer to rinse it down, A faggot of sticks to burn him. Burn him in a tub of tar,’ Burn him like a blazing star. Burn his body from his head, Then we’ll say: ol’Pope is dead
This Thursday is the 5th of November which means that for us British people, it’s Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. On the 5th of November 1605 a man named Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the House of Lords. He was arrested while guarding the explosives that has been placed. To celebrate that King James I has survived the attempt on his life, across London people lit bonfires. A few months later, the 5th November Act was enforced making the day a public holiday and day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. Today, people celebrate at home or at public gatherings by placing a dummy of Guy Fawkes that children make in school on top of a large bonfire which is then lit as a fireworks display goes off.
Normally I would attend a public gathering but as lockdown is somehow still happening, I will have to celebrate at home. This year my family and I are going to light a fire, cook some marshmallows and watch other people set off fireworks in their gardens.
I know it is starting to get even harder to stay away from people and follow the rules now that the holidays are starting but it is so important. It is selfish to complain that lockdown is still happening and then not follow the rules. Buy some fireworks, light a fire and celebrate at home. Be safe.
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Wear a mask, stay at home and Happy Bonfire Night!