If your children have started to become inquisitive and they’re asking to learn about the history of Bonfire Night and you want to give them a good, factual answer then we can help!
We’re sure to see an abundance of spectacular displays in the area which is always popular for weekend breaks for families, so why not delve into the past and let the little ones discover just what happened for us to now be celebrating this event around the 5th November, every year:
What is Bonfire Night?
Every year on 5th November, hordes of people the length and breadth of the UK gather at organised events to celebrate Bonfire Night. Not just this, there’s always the smaller fireworks parties in back gardens too, so why is this?
The reason for this is to commemorate the anniversary of an attempt to cause an explosion at the Houses of Parliament, which was led by a man called Guy Fawkes, whose intention was to blow up the building.
The event is referred to as the Gunpowder Plot, and people build bonfires as a representation of burning the "Guy" - a scarecrow looking figure, that symbolises Mr Fawkes.
What was the Gunpowder Plot?
Guy Fawkes was the leader of the group behind the Gunpowder Plot, which took place hundreds of years ago, in 1605. Fawkes and his accomplices planned to blow up King James I and his government.
Fawkes, assisted by his group, successfully smuggled 36 barrels of gunpowder into the cellars of the Houses of Parliament in London, all in preparation for the huge explosion they had organised.
As with most secrets, it’s vital that everyone aware of it can keep it! However, there was one member of the group who couldn’t stick to the plan and wrote a letter to his friend, and this friend happened to work in Parliament! The letter included details of the plot, and advised him to stay away from work on 5th November.
Following the letter being received by the informant’s friend, some supporters of King James I obtained the letter and alas, the plot was foiled.
Guards headed down to the cellars, broke into the room the Fawkes’ men were stationed in as they waited for the right moment to light the explosives. Everyone involved was promptly arrested, tortured and eventually, executed.
Religion was the basis for the Gunpowder Plot being formed, because during this time England was a Protestant country, and Fawkes, along with his fellow plotters, was of Catholic faith. The group had the desire to see England return to the Catholic faith and they believed that by killing King James I and his ministers they would be able to revert back to an England under Catholicism. As we now know, this wasn’t to be for the plotters, and the rest is history!