posted on Nov, 2 2015 @ 04:26 PM
originally posted by: Night Star
What is bonfire night?
It is an English custom where people have a communal fire outdoors and fireworks. They traditionally threw an effigy of a man called Guido Fawkes onto
the fire. He was a Frenchman Catholic terrorist who was in league with the Pope and attempted to blow up the English Houses of Parliament in London.
That was called the Gunpowder Plot. The plot was discovered with the barrels of gunpowder under the Parliament in the nick of time and he was hung,
drawn and quartered as the mastermind for his crime:
"Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the
plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires
around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's
It relates to the Catholic Church and English Protestantism being at enmity with each other after Henry VIII pulled out of Catholicism originated The
Church of England. Also, James had translated the Bible into English. There were assassinations relating to translators up until that point because
the Catholic Church wanted it to only be in Latin so they could exercise exclusive control of Scripture; Church wars Dear Nightstar.
Other countries have fire celebrations, too. I think they are a bit of an atavism to the pagan New Year associated with Hallowe'en. it has a huge
similarity to the Burning Man, Wicker Man or John Barleycorn. Originally this would have been a real human sacrifice of the peasant who is made King
for a year and then burned as a sacrifice at the end of his year's reign as sympathetic to the sun's yearly cycle.
I do not celebrate it or Hallowe'en. I don't celebrate Christmas either nor any marking of days and seasons including my birthday. Certainly burning
any kind of effigy on a fire is not my thing at all. I find it very barbaric as a custom and do not participate.
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Revolution9 because: (no reason given)