Also known as The Gunpowder Plot
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. 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 failure.
Within a few decades Gunpowder Treason Day, as it was known, became the predominant English state commemoration,
Over the years it had many different layers added, and taken away. One being an anti-Catholic theme for a while. My Mum told me, over a bonfire in the back yard one year, that they had been required to celebrate Guy Faweks Night, but that it was a bit ambiguous if they were actually celebrating the saving of King or the fact of the attempt …. Mum had a way about her 8-)
I miss the bonfires. We can’t do them much anymore, and certainly not in the back yard. Being in a farm town prior to the EPA had certain charms too ;-)
Also of note is the Million Mask March going on now in a capitol near you…
Million Mask March: Anonymous protesters hurl fireworks and set police car on fire in London – live
Fears of violence Anonymous tell protesters ‘the police are not your friends’ as thousands wear Guy Fawkes masks for Bonfire Night ‘Million Mask March’ on Westminster
The people known best as “an internet gathering” are about to gather in a very real, non-online, type of way.
Anonymous — a loose international network of “hacktivists” who use computers in pursuit of social justice goals — is rallying supporters to join a Million Mask March this Thursday in locations around the world, with both Palm Beach and Miami Beach listed as two of the places where supporters have said they intend to protest peacefully.
Anonymous has no leaders, no membership, and no official organization. Anyone identifying with one of its causes can jump in and take action using the name Anonymous. Yet, a series of self-righteous publicity stunts has been done under the Anonymous banner. Last week, Anonymous hackers released lists of names of people whom it alleges are associated with the Ku Klux Klan. In public, people associating with Anonymous often wear Guy Fawkes masks.
According to fliers being passed around South Florida, Anonymous is asking members to show up at 401 Biscayne Blvd. to conduct a rally meant to promote peace, truth, justice, fairness, and unity. The Miami chapter’s Facebook page touts the march as a five-continent rally in which they expect more than a million protesters to hit the pavement to take a stand against acts of violence, especially police brutality. Organizers have also floated the idea of marching in West Palm Beach.
Has a great picture of the V type mask.
One of my very favorite movies.
Until now I’d regretted that I was not a member of Anonymous. But as the description says they have no members and anyone who identifies with ‘one of their causes’ can jump in, and as I’m very interested in internet freedom and anonymity, I guess I can use the name Anonymous… So call me Anonymous for the day…
Maybe I can put a fire in the fireplace…