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Gunpowder Plot

It always falls on 5 November each year.

It was an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King James I by a group of English Catholic nobles in 1605. They wanted to blow up the Westminster Palace on November 5, 1605 at the time of the opening parliamentary session. They planned to kill the king's family and most of the Protestant aristocracy. They wanted to kidnap the King's children who had not taken part in the negotiations and provoked an uprising in the Midlands.

The plot was planned by Robert Catesby, supported by wealthy nobles who came from Catholic families. His allies were Thomas Winter, Robert Winter, John Wright, Christopher Wright, Thomas Percy, Joohn Grant, Ambrose Rokewood, Edmund Baynham, Everard Digby, Francis Tresham and Thomas Bates. The explosive was prepared by Guy Fawkes, who was an explosives expert and had great military experience.

The conspirators' court was held on January 27, 1606 at Westminster Hall. On January 30, four rebels were executed in the courtyard of St. Paul's Cathedral. The others were taken to the courtyard of Westminster Palace and hanged there.

Therefore, November 5 was celebrated every year as a Thanksgiving for revealing a conspiracy against the King and Parliament. Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, the celebration includes large fireworks and street entertainment.

Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in the UK and in countries that were part of the British Empire. Parades, fireworks, fires and food are organized. The straw forms of Fawkes are thrown into the fire. Today, tradition has been maintained only sporadically, mainly in Lewes, Sussex. There are public exhibitions and after sunset Lewes goes through a great procession where members carry torches.

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