Happy Guy Fawkes Day


12 Responses to Happy Guy Fawkes Day

  1. V.M.Sang says:

    And Happy Guy Fawkes Night to you, too.

    Fireworks going off round here.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. If I lived in England I think I would celebrate Guy Fawkes Day. But I’d need to check if there is good food to go along with the celebration.

    Liked by 3 people

    • V.M.Sang says:

      Traditionally, we have baked potatoes, toffee apples, treacle toffee, home-made, of course, so it sticks your teeth together (the bane of dentists) and parkin.
      Parkin is a kind of gingerbread made with oatmeal. It’s not hard, but more like a sticky cake. Delicious. I think parkin is more of a northern thing, though.

      Liked by 1 person

      • For the woman who is always cold and craves sugar and carbs—a bonfire, potatoes etc. sound like a great way to kick off November. Not sure how to reconcile my very Protestant-but-also-pacifist self to the roots of the celebration though.

        Liked by 2 people

  3. I have never understood what the Fawkes that guy was thinking.

    Liked by 4 people

    • egorr says:

      Well, he hated the oppressors-in-charge, so he thought he’d blow ’em all up in Parliament. Unfortunately (for him), two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead. Thus, he got betrayed… and The Gunpowder Rebellion died out.

      Liked by 2 people

      • V.M.Sang says:

        Actually, Guy Fawkes, as I understand it, was a small cog in the rebellion.
        It was really against the king, whom many people thought was too Catholic. (A Catholic can’t take the throne of the UK as the monarch is the head of the Anglican Church.) They thought he was trying to return England to the Catholic Church.
        The idea was to blow him up, along with the MPs, of course, to prevent this. Guy Fawkes, I think, was the person designated to set off the gunpowder. He wasn’t burned, either, as many think, but hanged.
        The bonfire comes from the pagan festival of Samhain, where bonfires played an important part, and possibly, the sacrifice of a human to ensure a good harvest next year.


      • I just read your November 5, 2019 Guy Fawkes post. I read all of it because, thanks to the time change, I had an extra hour to kill. That post killed my extra hour right between the eyes.

        This sentence, near the bottom of your 2019 Fawkes post, seems uncannily prescient:
        ‘Masks themselves have an interesting history that I have no intention of exploring here because it no longer seems as interesting as when I first started this sentence.’

        That sums up these past 3 years in a nutshell. Emphasis on the nut. 😀

        Liked by 2 people

%d bloggers like this: