IT’S nearly Bonfire Night, which means we’re almost ready to wrap up warm, whip out our sparklers and enjoy the show.
Here’s everything you need to know about the annual celebration.
Getty Images – Getty It’s traditional to celebrate Bonfire Night by lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks
When is Bonfire Night 2017?
Every year, Bonfire Night falls on the same day: November 5.
You may have heard the famous rhyme: “Remember, remember the fifth of November,” which relates to the celebration.
It marks the anniversary of the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605.
The plot revolved around a group of Catholic revolutionaries who wanted revenge for the persecution of their faith in England.
By renting a house near the palace, one of the plotters, Guy “Guido” Fawkes, managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder under the palace – ready to blow it sky high.
Guy and his group wanted to kill the king, and timed their attack for the state opening of parliament.
But an anonymous tip-off led the police to uncover the plot, and explosives expert Guy Fawkes was caught red handed, before being tortured into revealing the details of the plot.
Typically, treasonous plotters like Guy Fawkes would have been hung, drawn and quartered, but Guy’s death was a little different.
The rest of his band were hanged and quartered, but Guy fell from his hanging platform and broke his neck, dying instantly.
Bridgeman Art Library – Getty Bonfire night marks the anniversary of the gunpowder plot being foiled when Guy Fawkes was caught in parliament’s cellar
Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks?
Bonfire Night is celebrated in the UK by lighting bonfires, burning “Guys” – effigies styled after the plotter – and setting off fireworks.
People first started lighting bonfires as a celebration that the king hadn’t been killed, and the tradition has persisted to this day.
Fireworks are also set off throughout the land as they are powered by gunpowder, representing the explosives that were never used.
And yeoman of the guard still search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament before the state opening in November.
However, it is a ceremonial gesture rather than an actual terrorist hunt – they even use old lanterns.
Funnily enough, and despite being the most famous member of the group, Guy Fawkes didn’t lead the plot.
He was just the sucker who ended up being caught in parliament’s cellars with a shed load of gunpowder.
Photographers Choice RF – Getty The first bonfires were lit as a celebration of the fact that the king had survived the assassination attempt
What are the best Bonfire Night quotes?
There aren’t exactly seasonal wishes for Bonfire Night, but there are a couple of poems associated with the event.
The most famous of the traditional rhymes is well known for its opening lines, and goes:
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow;
By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!
Another short, traditional poem goes:
Guy, guy, guy
Poke him in the eye,
Put him on the bonfire,
And there let him die
Who was Guy Fawkes, how did he die and why do we celebrate the gunpowder plot on Bonfire Night?