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"Please to remember
The 5th November: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
We know no reason
Why Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot."



On November 5, 1605, English conspirator Guy Fawkes led a group that tried to blow up King James I and Parliament to avenge the persecution of Roman Catholics in England. The plot was unsuccessful and Fawkes was hanged in 1606. Parliament proclaimed November 5th an annual day of thanksgiving shortly after Fawkes' arrest. Traditional celebrations include children making effigies of Guy Fawkes and asking strangers for money ("Penny for the guy") which is spent on fireworks. The effigies are burned in bonfires the night of Guy Fawkes Day.

This date is celebrated throughout the world although none is quite sure if it celebrates the fact that Guy Fawkes was caught in the act or honouring his attempt to get rid of the Government and the King!


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