Friday 6 November 2009

Guy Fawkes: Good Guy or Bad?

The British have a strange habit of celebrating a tradition that many don’t seem to understand. A bit like in Hong Kong really, as well as in other places. Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night is celebrated every 5 November in Britain, with fireworks and bonfire parties. But why?

Is “Guy Fawkes the man” celebrated or is it “his Foiled Plot” that is celebrated?

Essentially, the Gunpowder Plot was a religiously-motivated terrorist attack in 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I.
If something similar happened today, such as in Australia, the US and around the world, would this be cause for national or international celebration? Or would the terrorists be celebrated?

It’s not a bad idea to question beliefs and traditions more than once in a while!

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