Explosive Images of Guy Fawkes Day Celebrations
See the parades, fireworks, and protests that commemorate the foiled plot to bomb the Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605.
On November 5, 1605, revolutionary Guy Fawkes was caught guarding a stash of gunpowder that was to be used to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, England. Fawkes and his co-conspirators were drawn and quartered, and the Catholic revolutionaries’ plot to overthrow Protestant King James I foiled.
Two centuries after the “gunpowder plot” failed, a nursery rhyme immortalized the act.
And it has not been forgotten. Today, many people in Britain celebrate Fawkes’ failure to overthrow the government on “Guy Fawkes Day” with fireworks, parades, elaborate costumes, and the burning of effigies.
Originally an anti-Catholic celebration, Guy Fawkes Day, or “Bonfire Night,” is now celebrated as a holiday, with bonfires and fireworks lit nationwide.
Fawkes himself can be seen