Bonfire Night – Guy Fawkes

Bonfire Night - Burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes
Bonfire Night from Awareness Day

Guy Fawkes’s Night or Bonfire Night, refers to the day Guy Fawkes was caught trying to blow up King James Ist and the House of Lords.

The failure of this attempt on the crown is celebrated mainly in Great Britain. The celebration is also called Bonfire Night. This annual commemoration is observed on the 5th of November.

The story of Guy Fawkes

The events took place on the 5th of  November in 1605. Guy Fawkes who a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding gunpowder (explosives).

Of course the celebration focuses on the fact that King James I survived the attempt on his life. Today, Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated at large organised events, centred on a bonfire and extravagant fireworks.

From Guy Fawkes to mask march

Masked anti-establishment protests have taken place all around the world since 2012. These protests are called Mask Marches. They have occurred recently in :

  • London, UK
  • Washington DC, USA
  • Hong-Kong, China
  • Paris, France
  • Montreal, Canada

Demonstrators from the Million Mask March usually wear masks inspired by the film ‘V for Vendetta’ as they march through capital cities, calling on people from around the world to join in their protest.

V for Vendetta

Read and listen carefully to V’s presentation. Practice the pronunciation.

The opening speech

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