Remember Remember the Fifth of November…

Does that phrase mean anything to you? It may bring up a line from the movie V for Vendetta. You may actually know that it’s related to Guy Fawkes – but do you know who Guy Fawkes was and why Great Britain celebrates Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night is a celebration to mark the failed Gunpowder Plot in London. The Gunpowder Plot was a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I on November 5, 1605. Catholics had been persecuted under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I and when her successor, King James I, turned out to be no more tolerant of Catholics thirteen conspirators began planning violent action, including explosives expert Guy Fawkes.

During the night of November 4 and the early morning of November 5 Guy Fawkes was caught under the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder. That night bonfires were lit in celebration that the monarch was safe and a tradition began. Later fireworks were added to the celebration and burning effigies became popular. Usually the effigies are ‘Guys’ for Guy Fawkes, but today the quirky tradition continues and modern effigies include politicians.

Here at Applied Process bonfires and fireworks are a favorite way to celebrate. So remember remember the fifth of November! And light a bonfire and some fireworks if your city ordinance allows it. Or watch V for Vendetta from the comforts of your couch where it’s warm and dry.