The Gunpowder Plot. 5th of November: Bonfire Night. Bonfire night is held on the 5 th of November each year. The celebration started in 1605 when Londoners lit bonfires after hearing the news that the King, James I had been saved from a plot to blow up him and the houses of Parliament .
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Bonfire night is held on the 5th of November each year. The celebration started in 1605 when Londoners lit bonfires after hearing the news that the King, James I had been saved from a plot to blow up him and the houses of Parliament.
When King James I took power of England in 1603 The Catholics hoped things would change and he would be tolerant of their religion.
This didn't happen and Catholics were treated harsher than ever. A group decided to do something about it.
They decided they had to use violence to get people's attention. Their idea was to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The group hoped there would be lots of important people there, like the King and the Members of Parliament.
It said to stay away from the opening of Parliament on the 5th of November.
Nobody knows who sent the letter. But some think it was one of the group who planned the conspiracy. A man called Thomas Percy.
Guy Fawkes was caught red handed in the cellars of parliament.
He was quickly arrested and taken to the Tower of London where he gave up the names of the others involved.
The government captured and executed the group involved. Most of them have now been forgotten, but we still remember Guy Fawkes.
Now, November the 5th is a celebration of the story and a chance to commemorate what happened with noisy fireworks, big bonfires and models of Guy Fawkes.