Who is Guy Fawkes:
In contemporary vernacular and history, Guy Fawkes is renowned as an arch-villain and a traitor. He is an embodiment of Catholic extremism. Fawkes joined the Gunpowder plot under the leadership of Robert Catesby.
On the midnight on 4th November 1605, Fawkes was arrested with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder, stacked in the cellar, directly below where the king would have been sitting for the opening of parliament the next day. Fawkes, who was caught red-handed under the Houses of Parliament, was publicly executed. This failed gunpowder plot was a propaganda coup for the Protestant English. It further served as a pretext for further repression of Catholics.
By the 19th century, Fawkes effigy was placed on the bonfires that were lit annually to commemorate the failure of the plot.
People celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with fireworks, bonfires and parades across the UK. It is an annual celebration observed on November 5 for more than 400 years.
Events you can join to celebrate this night
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival: Saturday, November 7, 2015, Alexandra Palace Musewell Hill
Coram’s Fields Fireworks Display: Friday, November 6, 2015, Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury
Harrow Fireworks Display: Saturday, November 7, 2015, Byron Park Harrow, Wealdstone
Hackney Firework Pyromusical: Saturday, November 7, 2015, Clissold Park, Stamford Hill
Highgate School Fireworks Festival: Saturday, November 7, 2015, Senior Field, Highgate
Totteridge Millhillians Bonfire Night Fireworks Display: Friday November 6, 2015, Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club, Totteridge
Wild Wolf Fireworks: Saturday, November 7, 2015, Bounds Green Scout Park, Bounds Green
Events you can join in Scotland:
Glasgow Green fireworks: Wednesday 4, 2015, Glasgow Green, Glasgow City Centre
Drumchapel & West Winterfest Fireworks: Thursday 5, 2015, Glasgow West End
Inverclyde Fireworks: Saturday, November 7, 2015, Battery Park, Greenock
Loch Lomond Shores’ Festive Lights Switch On: Sunday, November 15, 2015, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch
Cardiff and Barry Island
Cardiff Sea Safari: Thursday, November 5, 2015, Cardiff Bay
Bonfire Night cruise: Thursday, November 5, 2015, Cardiff Bay
Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Hopetoun Bonfire & Fireworks Night: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Heaton Park, Higher Blackley: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Wythenshawe: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Chorlton Green: Thursday, November 5, 2015
You can contact your student union to know the events happening in your university.