Happy Bonfire Night
The British are celebrating the 400th
anniversary of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot
A group of English Catholic conspirators including an explosives expert, Guy Fawkes, stashed 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the Parliament building with the intent of blowing up the members of Parliament and King James I during the official opening of Parliament on November 5th
, 1605.Bonfire Night
is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and occasionally the Pope, are traditionally thrown on the fires. Effigies of modern politicians have made their appearances at the celebration.
Of course the BBC has a current article
on the event.
As Robert Cecil
was involved, I doubt anyone will ever know the truth about the plot.