November 4, 2011 · 0 Comments
Turns out, tomorrow is Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night.
Guy Fawkes was an English mercenary and failed plotter whose death was elevated into a national celebration complete with bonfires and the burning of effigies. Four centuries later his grinning, mustachioed face has become the symbol of resistance for almost any political movement.
That includes the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations across the United States. Of course, if you’ve visited or attended any of the Occupy Wall Street rallies or protests, every day has sort of looked like Guy Fawkes Day.
From weather.info/home/index.cfm?city=New%20York%20City,%20NY,%20United%20States&latlon=40.71427,-74.00597&u=c”>New York to Seattle, protesters have donned the stylized masks of Fawkes.
Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated on November 5 in England by the burning of his effigy in a bonfire. The date is the anniversary of his failed Gunpowder Plot, in which Fawkes and fellow Catholic conspirators tried to blow up the English parliament in the year 1605.
Read more about Bonfire Night here
By Emma Brown