Yes- it is that time of year, and I shall finish a little early today so I can head home and help Jennifer with the Bonfire night- alas we cannot have fireworks here in California on this date but a bonfire and food is what we can go and I have made a guy to represent guy fawkes.
“Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…”
Every year we Brits at home make a guy from old clothes and rags etc as a resemblance to good old Guy Fawkes and then after we have asked ” Penny for the Guy” We toss him on top of the bonfire to celebrate and remember the plot to burn down the houses of parliament back in 1605!
Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot
Words of “Remember Remember” refer to Guy Fawkes with origins in 17th century English history. On the 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a traitor with his co-conspirators for plotting against the government. He was tried by Judge Popham who came to London specifically for the trial from his country manor Littlecote House in Hungerford, Gloucestershire. Fawkes was sentenced to death and the form of the execution was one of the most horrendous ever practised (hung, drawn and quartered) which reflected the serious nature of the crime of treason.
The Tradition begins…
The following year in 1606 it became an annual custom for the King and Parliament to commission a sermon to commemorate the event. Lancelot Andrews delivered the first of many Gunpowder Plot Sermons. This practice, together with the nursery rhyme and quote, ensured that this crime would never be forgotten! Hence the words to the quote “Remember, remember the 5th of November”
The quote and poem is sometimes referred to as ‘Please to remember the fifth of November’. It serves as a warning to each new generation that treason will never be forgotten. In England the 5th of November is still commemorated each year with fireworks and bonfires culminating with the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes (the guy) and people chanting the quote of “Remember remember the 5th of November”. The ‘guys’ are made by children by filling old clothes with crumpled newspapers to look like a man. Tradition allows British children to display their ‘guys’ to passers-by and asking for ” A penny for the guy”.
For those of you out here in the States where I now live, have a great Bonfire night and I will be celebrating Guy Fawkes night to its fullest at our house with English food and great friends.
BUT- what would of happened if guy Fawkes had not been caught and he carried out the explosion?