Guy Fawkes Day

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Guy Fawkes Day
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Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night, and Fireworks Night, is an annual commemoration observed on November 5th, primarily in Great Britain. The event involves bonfires and fireworks displays. Its origins date back to the events of November 5, 1605 O.S., when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was apprehended while guarding explosives placed beneath the House of Lords. The Catholic conspirators had planned to assassinate Protestant King James I and his parliament. In celebration of the king's survival, people lit bonfires around London. Months later, the Observance of 5th November Act established an annual public day of thanksgiving to mark the failure of the plot.