Who is Guy Fawkes and why does he get a holiday in the UK?
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Guy Fawkes was one of the people involved in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Their goal was to blow up the British Houses of Parliament by blowing up barrels of gunpowder in the cellar.
This failed plot is commemorated on November 5th, which is called Guy Fawkes Night, Fireworks Night or Bonfire Night.
An effigy of Guy Fawkes is often made from straw and old clothes and burned on the bonfire, and fireworks displays are popular.
There's also a popular rhyme often sung by children on the night:
Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
There's no actual holiday though, it's a normal working day (although fireworks displays are often held on the Friday or Saturday afterwards if the 5th of November falls on an earlier week day).
Ahhh thanks for enlightening me on that latter part and for the info on Guy Fawkes!
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