Remember, remember! The Gunpowder plot and treason, November 5, 2005
Gunpowder Day, also known as Guy Fawkes Night and Fireworks Night is a celebration of Guy Fawkes’ plot to demolish Britain’s Parliament in 1605. They planned to kill King James I during his visit to parliament as a rebellion against Catholic persecution. The plot was stopped and the traitors were executed.
Gunpowder Day is when families create Guy Fawkes effigies to burn on a bonfire. To add to the festivities, fireworks can also be set off. There are also public displays and the largest celebration of Gunpowder Day in England is held in Lewes, East Sussex.
Six bonfire societies host fireworks displays and bonfires. A large procession from all the societies passes through Lewes after sunset. Many members are equipped with flame torches, and the town is lit by a river of fire.