5 Fascinating Bonfire Night Facts!
With Bonfire Night just around the corner, we thought we’d share some interesting Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night facts ahead of November 5. Fireman Sam knows them all, of course, but you’re bound to be surprised by some!
1. You’ve no doubt heard of Guy Fawkes and been told he was the man behind famous the Gunpowder Plot. But did you know he wasn’t the main conspirator he’s made out to be? He was guarding the gunpowder beneath the Houses of Parliament, although he would have been charged with lighting it had he been caught!
2. Did you know the Houses of Parliament are still searched by the Yeomen of the Guard before the state opening in November and have been since 1928, all to ensure no modern-day Guy Fawkes is hiding in the cellars?
3. Have you ever referred to a man as a ‘guy’? Did you know it’s believed the word comes from the name Guy Fawkes? It originally meant “an ugly, repulsive person” but over the years has come to be a synonym for “man”. Who knew that?
4. Did you know that fireworks were invented by accident? A Chinese cook discovered how to make an early form of gunpowder by accidentally mixing three common kitchen ingredients and setting light to the mixture, resulting in colourful flames.
5. People were having bonfires with dummies on them long before the gunpowder plot, as long ago as the 13th century! It was initially to drive away evil spirit but after the plot of 1605 the focus switched to Guy Fawkes' treason.
Why not surprise your family and friends with these interesting facts as you gather around a fireworks display?