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Its Guy Fawlkes night here in UK. Never really understood what we are celebrating. Certainly the guy who did the deed is far more famous than his accusers. Its all about how you read a book and the variety of hat you wear. Anyway listening to all the fireworks makes me think, this is what it must sound like to live in a war zone.

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Guy Fawkes was a terrorist who tried to blow up Parliament in order to install a religious theocracy.

You Brits never need a reason to celebrate. That's what I like about you.

That and your food.

I understand the history, just not why we celebrate it 300 years later


Mindless perpetuation of sectarian hatred

ColinW Level 3 Nov 7, 2018

I don't know the history of Guy Fawlkes night but I bet my bottom dollar that the fireworks are nothing like being in a war zone.

Jolanta Level 8 Nov 5, 2018

Oh I am sure...it just sounds like. Its about two weeks of a constant barage of them. Very scary for domestic animals

@Amisja Yes I know what you mean. I have two dogs or had two dogs until one of them decided that she had enough of this world. That one could not care less about fireworks or any other noise but this one is just so afraid of his own shadow even.


I only know what you're talking about because I've seen V for Vendetta. Otherwise, I'd be all like "the fuq?"


Of course being a history nerd, I understand the history, just not the intent. Catholicism is a different arm of the same religion. I have no idea why we still burn effigies of a rather minor character and celebrate, which really amounts to the same idea, just different hats. I did not explain myself well

Amisja Level 8 Nov 5, 2018

My ex (British) and I celebrated Guy Fawkes back in the day. I think it was mostly an excuse to set off some fireworks, of which she was particularly fond.



In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition!

The only verdict is vengeance-- a vendetta, held as a votive-- not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you, and you may call me V."


I think that the celebration is to honour the last time that a man entered the British Parliament with honest intent. smile009.gif


It's a celebration of a triumph over a Catholic conspiracy. Burning Catholics used to be quite the family outing. These days its a week of terrorising pets in the UK

Flettie Level 7 Nov 5, 2018

Well said.


Did anyone destroy the Old Bailey yet?


A friend of mine who lives in England explained to me that Guy Fawkes wanted to kill the king and plotted with another person to blow up parliament, but the police were tipped off when he was setting up the gun powder kegs in the basement and he was caught red handed. The celebration is actually celebrating the king NOT being killed and Guy Fawkes bring caught and sentenced to death. From what I understand anyway.

WrenVett Level 4 Nov 5, 2018

That pretty much sums it up. Interestingly, Fawkes wasn't one of the most important figures in the Plot and probably wouldn't even be remembered had he not have been caught with the gunpowder. The intentions of the Plot were somewhat less heroic than many people imagine too - rather than ridding the nation of an oppressive government, as depicted in V For Vendetta, their aim was to install a Catholic monarch on the throne and return Britain to being a Catholic nation, which in those days meant burning everyone at the stake.

@Jnei exactly correct.

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