Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

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Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

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

London:

  • 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

Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

  • 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

Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

  • Cardiff Sea Safari: Thursday, November 5, 2015, Cardiff Bay

  • Bonfire Night cruise: Thursday, November 5, 2015, Cardiff Bay

Edinburgh

  • Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display: Thursday, November 5, 2015

  • Hopetoun Bonfire & Fireworks Night: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Manchester

  • 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. 

 

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