I owe an apology to our colleagues from the UK. I almost forgot Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night!
This English tradition started 1605 when an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament was discovered. The English, young and old, celebrate by making dummies of Guy Fawkes who was found in the cellar of the House of Lords with 36 barrels of dynamite. On Bonfire Night, the dummies are placed on top of the bonfires and burned to celebrate the safety of the King. Bonfire Night festivities attract thousands of tourists to the South East of England, especially Lewes, East Sussex. It is perhaps the most famous failed assassination attempt in the history of the nation.
Bonfire Night is also celebrated in parts of Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland in Canada.
In Australia this event is known as 'Guy Fawkes Night' and used to be rowdily celebrated until the late 1970s when fireworks were banned from sale and fire bans were imposed for safety reasons. Today, it is celebrated in a more tranquil mood and British immigrants to Australia help to preserve the tradition with private parties. However there are other ways to celebrate and have fun minus fireworks and bonfires. Check out our activities and art work to commemorate this date.
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