guy fawkes day today
Since we’ve started celebrating Halloween in Norway – sort of – why not go for Guy Fawkes day too? On November 5, 1605, Fawkes and thirteen other fed up catholics tried to blow up parliament. For centuries after, the (failed) event was celebrated with fireworks, bonfires and parties. Some Aussies are planning to revive it as a day of political dissent. Nice idea, reappropriating the day. When the government ordered the people to annually burn an effigy of poor old Guy they probably didn’t imagine that it might become an annual celebration of dissent. I wonder whether the celebrations had that ambivalence all along?
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…
You could be on either side and chant that rhyme.