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Guy Fawkes Night

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated every year on 5 November. It started in England and later spread to many other places around the world, including Canada, South Africa and Australia. The event is also known as Bonfire Night.

Guy Fawkes Day celebrates the failure of a plot against the English government in 1605. Several people, including a man named Guy Fawkes, planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. However, the government found out about the plot before the attack could take place. The government arrested Guy Fawkes and his conspirators. This brought an end to what became known as the Gunpowder Plot.

In the classroom: Learn about why Bonfire Night is such a big thing in Britain. Apply to Ireland and see what was happening in Irish history in the early 1600s - Queen Elizabeth I had just died . . .

Ireland in the Age of the Tudors

Learn more about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

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