Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November

 

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason, why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.

Today was the fifth of November, also known as Guy Fawkes Day.

This day celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, an assassination attempt by Catholics on the Protestant monarch, James I. Guy Fawkes and his compatriots attempted to plant a bomb and blow up Parliament, specifically the House of Lords, during the State Opening, killing James I. However, a few hours before the event, an anonymous letter revealed the plot to the authorities. They found Guy Fawkes guarding 36 barrels of Gunpowder in the cellarsbeneath Parliament. (It has become tradition for the the cellars to be searched every Fifth of November since then…)

We celebrated by attending a fireworks display by Southwark. It was a massive turnout, with thousands crowding the park. We enjoyed becoming a part of yet another English patriotic event. It was slightly surreal to be in the midst of such a large crowd celebrating such a strange event in history. It is always interesting to be an outsider looking in on English culture, and this was no exception.

Speaking of surreal, outside-in experiences… I was in the locker room at the gym today when the news on the television began focusing on the American Presidential election. That was strange enough to see from a non-American perspective. Even stranger was where the reporter was based currently… Des Moines, Iowa. Nice to see my birthplace, but totally strange to see it on a Monday morning in London. I'm excited to watch the election coverage tomorrow, especially the British channels.

 

Pictures (and video!) below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November

  1. “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
    ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

    How very fitting that tomorrow we (Americans) get the opportunity to blow up the Tea Party.

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