“Remember, remember the 5th of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot”………
Have you heard of this poem? Do you know what it refers to? Did you know that the film Vendetta was based on this fact? Don’t worry, you’ll find out in no time.
So, to begin with, learning a language doesn’t only mean expanding your vocabulary and mastering the grammar structures, it also means having knowledge about culture. That’s why at WELCOME TO ENGLISH we like to spice up our classes and include also aspects of the English culture.
The 5th of November is celebrated all around Great Britain to commemorate the failed conspiracy against the members of the Parliament and King James I in 1605. This plot was carried out by a group of Catholics who were frustrated as they were not allowed to practice the Catholicism. The person in charge of blowing the Parliament was Guy Fawkes who was caught, tortured and burned at stake.
Nowadays, Guy Fawkes day has become an enjoyable social commemoration, although lacking much of its original focus. It is usually celebrated at large organized events which involve burning the effigy of Guy Fawkes in bonfires and firework displays.
To learn more about this historic fact, watch the video bellow. We will be pleased to receive your comments and please, feel free to write to us if you know about a similar celebration.