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
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta    

King James I was king of England in 1603.  He was an avid Protestant and began persecuting Catholics.  He forbid them from practicing their religion and punished them if they did not convert to the Protestant church.

A radical group of Catholics decided to take action against the king.  They became known as The Gunpowder Conspirators.  They devised a plan to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and planned to do so when the king and his supporters were in the buildings.

The plot was foiled on November 5, 1605 when thirty-six barrels of gunpowder were found in Parliament’s basement.  Guy Fawkes, the leader of the conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed.  He was arrested just as he was about to ignite the gunpowder!

People in England celebrate GUNPOWDER DAY with fireworks and bonfires.

Why do we celebrate this day?  Is it because we applaud Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators for trying to end religious persecution?  Maybe we appreciate the government’s successful discovery of the plot, which ultimately saved many lives.  I choose to celebrate the end of all religious persecution!  May we all worship in the way we choose!

Wow – I’m glad things went the way they did, aren’t you?  That would have been one big BOOM for sure!  So celebrate religious freedom today with fireworks and bonfires.  Celebrate all things that make us independent and happy!  😀