- On this day, the world celebrates Guy Fawkes Day
- Guy Fawkes and a few accomplices tried to blow up Parliament but their plan was thwarted
- Today. many light bonfires and set off fireworks to commemorate the occasion
The story of Guy Fawkes has been told across the world over the years. However, not many know exactly why fireworks go off every year a month before New Year's Eve. Briefly.co.za has unpacked the history behind the festivities to help our readers 'remember, remember the 5th of November'.
On 5 November 1605, a man named Guy Fawkes and a few crew members tried to blow up England's King James I and the houses of Parliament in London. His plan was to restore a Catholic state. Their plan failed, however, after authorities received a tip-off of their plot.
Fawkes died early the following year after falling from the scaffolding moments before he was to be executed.
Today, the fascinating tragedy still fascinates many even though the details have been lost over time. An annual celebration involving fireworks and bonfires has, however, lasted through the years.
Settlers exported Guy Fawkes Night to overseas colonies, including some in North America, where it was known as Pope Day. Those festivities ended with the onset of the American Revolution. South Africans have also caught on to setting off fireworks. Due to legislations and by-laws, it has become illegal to set off fireworks in many areas in the country. Halloween, has lately increased in popularity in England, and the world at large, and may threaten the continued observance of 5 November.
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