Guy Fawkes Day
BBC Video explains Guy Fawkes Day
There's a famous verse about Guy Fawkes' plot to blow up the King of England and the Houses of Parliament in 1605, and it goes like this:
Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
To remember Guy Fawkes Day, people in England celebrate the fifth of November every year as a holiday even today. They build bonfires, set off fireworks, and sometimes hang or burn stuffed images of a man called a "Guy".
Did you know that our habit of calling a man a "guy" comes from Guy Fawkes? People called the stuffed dolls "guys", because they represented Guy Fawkes. Then they called anybody who looked awkward or funny a "guy", because he looked like those stuffed dolls. After a long time, "guy" started to mean any man, and today people even use "guys" to mean all people: men, women, whatever.
One small project: learn to recite the verse. For a bigger project: make a "guy" and burn him in a bonfire. (But be safe!) What kind of evil would your guy represent?