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Guy Fawkes Night 2015

22 oktober 2015

The 5th November is the annual date for Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night.  If you're in the U.K at that time and would like to experience a tradition that has been around for a few hundres years, you should definitely consider joining one of the many events that will take place actoss the country characterised by huge bonfires or amazing firework displays, especially in the major cities. 

Why is it celebrated?
In the U.K, Bonfire night is associated with the tradition of celebrating the fact that Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament due to the fact that he was not tolerant towards Catholics, which he proved in his actions of ordering all catholic priests to leave the country. 

His actions failed when he was caught just before lighting the fuse of the 36 barrels of gunpowder that he managed to get into the cellar of the House of Lords. 

Fawkes and his partners were arrested and eventually sentenced to death in the Tower of London, whilst King James ordered the people of England to celebrate his survival in the night of the 5th of November, which is still celebrated today. 

Where you should go 

This all depends on your taste. There are community bonfires with traditional food such as toffee apples, treacle toffee and parkin but there are also great firework displays and after parties in major cities. 

Tips for London: Click here 
Tips for Edinburgh: Click here
Tips for other great events around the U.K on bonfire night: Click here