Culture Corner

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night) – 5th November

This event is celebrated in Britain every year on 5th November in memory of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in which a group of Roman Catholics planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament (Westminster, London) while King James I was inside.

Guy Fawkes, the leader, was caught in the cellars with gunpowder and the plot was discovered. He and all the other conspirators were put to death.

Originally, Bonfire Night was celebrated as a victory for Protestants over Catholics, but the festival is now enjoyed by everyone.

Many people have private bonfire parties in their gardens with fireworks. Large, public events are organized by local councils.

“Please to remember,

The Fifth of November,

I know no reason

Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.”

 

Halloween – 31st Octber

This is the night of 31st October, when people once believed that ghosts could be seen.

Some people hold Halloween parties, which are fancy dress parties – people dress up as witches, ghosts, make lanterns out of pumpkins and play ‘trick or treat’.

However, this day is observed much more energetically in the USA than it is in Britain.

Wikipedia link for further info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween