Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated every year on November 5th. It started in England and later spread to many other places around the world, including Canada, South Africa, and Australia. The event is also known as Bonfire Night.
Guy Fawkes Day celebrates the failure of a plot against the English government in 1605. Several people, including a man named Guy Fawkes, planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
However, the government found out about the plot before the attack could take place. The government arrested Guy Fawkes and his conspirators. This brought an end to what became known as the Gunpowder Plot.
Guy Fawkes and the others were convicted of treason. The Parliament then announced a national day of thanksgiving to celebrate their survival.
The observance was set for the day the attack would have taken place, November 5. The first celebration was held on November 5, 1606. Today, Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated with feasts, bonfires, and fireworks.
Straw men designed to look like Guy Fawkes, called “guys,” are often burned as well. Children often make their own guys and then take them around their neighborhoods asking for “a penny for the guy,” or a small bit of money that is supposed to help pay for the big party.