The Gunpowder Plot King James was the king of England over 400 years ago. He introduced harsh laws against Catholics. Every autumn there was a special ceremony, when King James would be at the Houses of Parliament
Guy Fawkes and his friends were some of the people who did not like the king.They plotted to blow up the Houses ofParliament when the king was there.
Underneath the Houses of Parliament were many cellars. Guy Fawkes and his friendsplanned to put barrels of gunpowder in one of these cellars, ready to blow up the king. Guy Fawkes was put in charge of guarding the gunpowder.
A few weeks before they were going to blow up Parliament, the King found out what had been planned, and on the morning of the 5th November, soldiers searched the cellars.In one of the cellars,they found Guy Fawkes,ready and waiting to lightthe gunpowder.
The soldiers arrested Guy, and took him to the Tower of London, where they kept him prisoner. They also arrested the other plotters and took them to the tower as well.
To celebrate that he had survived, King James said that peopleshould have a big bonfire and lightfireworks every year on November 5th.
Today people… Light Huge BonfiresLet off Fireworks Burn a ‘Guy’ made from old clothes filled with newspaper
Firework Displays where I live The Saturday before November 5th there is normally a Guy competition at 6.30pm, bonfire lighting at 6.45pm followed by a firework display at 7.15pm, plus burgers, hot dogs, soup, teas, a bar and an inflatable slide.
Traditional Bonfire Night Food The bonfires are used to cook potatoes wrapped in foil and to heat up soup.The traditional cakeeaten on bonfirenight is ParkinCake.
“Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason, and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.”
Questions• Which festivals in your country remember historical events?• Do you have any festivals that are similar to Bonfire Night?• When do you have firework displays in your country?