From Halloween to Guy Falkes……
Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who was involved in the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, an unsuccessful plan to blow up Westminster Palace in England with King James I and Parliament inside. The Gunpowder Plot conspirators, led by Robert Catesby, were zealous Roman Catholics enraged at King James I for refusing to grant greater religious tolerance to Catholics. They planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster) during the state opening of Parliament, intending to kill the king and members of Parliament in order to clear the way to re-establishing Catholic rule in England. The plan failed when the conspirators were betrayed. One of them, Guy Fawkes, was taken into custody the evening before the attack, in the cellar where the explosives to be used were stashed. The other conspirators were all either killed resisting capture or, like Fawkes, tried, convicted and executed. In the aftermath, Parliament declared 5 November a national day of thanksgiving and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.
Today Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom and in a number of countries that were formerly part of the British Empire, with parades, fireworks, bonfires and food. Straw effigies of Fawkes are tossed on the bonfire, as are, in more recent years in some places, those of contemporary political figures. Traditionally, children carried these effigies, called “Guys,” through the streets in the days leading up to Guy Fawkes Day and asked passers-by for “a penny for the guy,” often reciting rhymes associated with the occasion, the best known of which dates from the 18th Century:
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot….
In Britain, 5 November has variously been called Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day, Plot Night and Bonfire Night, which can be traced directly back to the original celebration of 5 November 1605. Fireworks, a major component of most Guy Fawkes Day celebrations, represent the explosives that were never used by the plotters.
But today we ask that we forget about the fireworks as it has such a detrimental effect on not only our pets but all the birds and animals with many dying from heart attacks out of fear or injured due to the distress. Please be mindful and kind as those mostly affected by fireworks cannot speak for themselves.
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