Feb 222012

Procession of a Guy (1864)

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in England. In 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was caught, hung, drawn and quartered on November 5th. A year later Parliament declared November 5th a day of public thanksgiving.

Many of the traditions and customs of Halloween have shifted over to Guy Fawkes Day. Prior to the celebration, children make effigies of Guy Fawkes. Children then go door to door with these effigies begging for “a penny for the Guy”.

November 4th is known as Mischief Night and November 5th is known as Guy Fawkes Night and/or Bonfire Night. It is on Guy Fawkes Night that the effigies are lit on fire and blaze atop a bonfire (like the huge bonfires of Samhain). Children also play pranks on others just like on Halloween.

Image from Wikipedia.org

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