Guy Fawkes and 5th of November

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Guy Fawkes and 5th of November

Guy Fawkes and 5th of November is a popular story in the history of England. Known also as Guido Fawkes, he was born and educated in York, England. His father died when he was eight years old and his mother married a devout Catholic.

As an adult, he was a British soldier but during the increased oppression of Catholics in England, Guy joined a group of provincial Catholics in England to protest against the Crown.

Guy Fawkes and 5th of November

Guy Fawkes and 5th of November
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Bonfire Night, a popular event in England

The conspiracy to blow-up Parliament became famously known as the Gunpowder Plot. The very night the plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night.

To commemorate the failure of Guy Fawkes, Bonfire Night in the UK is celebrated with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. As it is celebrated outdoors, there are soups, sausages, baked potatoes and the traditional Parkin cake available. Parkin Cake, is a sticky cake containing a mix of oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup.

Guy Fawkes (April 13 1570 – January 31 1606)

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Guy Fawkes and 5th of November first published at timelesstravelsteps.com and is regularly updated. Last update September 22, 2021

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By Georgina

Travel Writer & Content Creator. Single Traveller. An Escapist.

3 comments

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Ade. Appreciate it very much. Yes…Parkin Pie – that is still around on 5th November 🙂 Always nice to read on our history and appreciate the freedom we have today. Thank you again for your kind words.

  2. I had completely forgotten Parkin Pie, a great reminder. I think as time drifts we forget the history of the Gunpowder Plot and actually the part it played in an important part of our cultural history. For any visitors to the UK around the weekends before or after the 5th November when firework night often takes place this is a great blog to understand it’s significance to our history even today. Another great blog.

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