Remember Remember the 5th of November: Guy Fawkes Day

November 5th, 2010 - 11:17 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Nov 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The famous rhyme states, “Remember Remember the 5th of November/Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason/Why Gunpowder treason/Should ever be forgot.” It is speaking of November, 5 1605, when a man named Guy Fawkes almost managed to assassinate King James I and all of the British government by attempting to blow up Parliament. The day became a holiday which is now celebrated in the country.

Despite the fear which the words “terror plot” can bring today, the masses in Britain still hold a celebration on November 5, complete with bonfires and fireworks, in what is said to be a celebration of Fawke’s plan.

Alan Moore took inspiration from the incident and created a story entitled “V for Vendetta” decades ago, which was about a wronged hero who succeeded to go through with Fawkes plot. The terrorist who managed to topple the corrupt and fascist government was seen as a hero.

A movie adaptation of that story was released recently which was seen as a dig at the Bush administration in America and the current war on terror.

Fawkes was actually just as pawn in a larger story, in which the Roman Catholic Church was trying to kill the King, who was anti-Catholic. Fawkes just happened to be the most famous one of the bunch who managed to get himself caught. He was killed by public execution near Parliament, which helped make him a martyr, and his story lived on.

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