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Remember, Remember…

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

Tonight, London’s sky is ablaze with fireworks. Some areas will have bonfires and even a few will burn ‘a Guy’ to remember & commemorate the prevention of the bombing of Parliament and the death of the then King James I. Of course to many today, the origin of the festival are either an irrelevance or an unknown… something not to get in the way of a good night’s entertainment.

Growing up in Northern Ireland, the 5th of November was not celebrated at all, despite King James I being the King of Ireland at the time of the plot (though Ireland still had it’s own unique political institutions in 1605). That’s something which I always thought quite odd and in places probably a blessing given the deep rooted sectarian issues that the Province faces.

Regardless of all the serious stuff, I hope you have a great 5th of November and played safely with any fireworks.

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About Mcfaggen

Having grown up in Co. Fermanagh where most of my family still reside, I thought it would be worthwhile to keep a blog of my travels around the rest of the UK, Europe and the World.

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