Bonfire night is celebrated each year on the 5th of November. Bonfire night, also known as Guy Fawke’s Night, is a night in which celebrates the failure of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot Team who on the 5th of November 1605 attempted to murder King James I.

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot, which were a team of Catholic people who wished to murder the Protestant King, King James I, by lighting gunpowder beneath the House of Lords so that the building would explode. Guy Fawkes was arrested on the 5th of November 1605, when he was found guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar of the House of Lords. To celebrate the survival of King James I, many people lit bonfires around the city of London and several months later it was announced that the 5th of November would become a public holiday of celebration.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire night was first celebrated on the 5th of November 1605 and has been celebrated on this day ever since. Bonfire night is celebrated in many towns and cities across the country with a bonfire being lit in a large public space such as a park along with a fantastic show of fireworks. Bonfire night is sometimes celebrated at the weekend closest to the 5th of November so that everybody is able to see the show of fireworks. It is also celebrated privately at home where people are able to put on their own firework show in their garden at home. People join in with sparklers where they can have lots of fun.