Bonfire Night 2022: When is Bonfire Night, what’s the story behind the national holiday and did Guy Fawkes have a Yorkshire connection?



Here’s everything you need to know about Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night.

When is Bonfire Night 2022?

Bonfire Night at Roundhay Park, Leeds. (Photo credit: Simon Hulme)

Do you remember the rhyme meant to remind you of the date of Bonfire Night?

“Remember, remember November 5” – well there you go.

This year, Bonfire Night will take place on Saturday November 5th.

The date remains constant but the day changes every year. If the day falls on a weekday, the celebrations always take place the following weekend.

What is the history of Bonfire Night and what was the connection between Guy Fawkes and Yorkshire?

Bonfire Night means something different depending on which country you live in.

For us, it is associated with the tradition of commemorating the failed actions of Guy Fawkes on November 5, 1605.

Guy Fawkes was born and educated in York. He converted to Catholicism on the death of his father, when his mother married a refractory Catholic.

He then moved to continental Europe where he fought for Catholic Spain in the Eighty Years’ War against the Protestant Dutch reformers in the Netherlands.

He then traveled to Spain to gain support for a Catholic rebellion in England, but was unsuccessful.

Through Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England, and Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne, they rented a basement under the House of Lords ; Fawkes was responsible for the gunpowder they had planted there, and authorities were called by an anonymous letter to search the Palace of Westminster in the early hours of November 5.

They found Fawkes guarding the explosives and he was interrogated and tortured over the next few days, when he finally confessed to wanting to blow up the House of Lords.

Prior to his execution on January 31, Fawkes fell from scaffolding where he broke his neck and thus ended up not having to endure the agony of being hanged, pulled and quartered.

He has since become synonymous with Gunpowder Plot and the failure of the plotters’ actions has been commemorated in the UK as Guy Fawkes Night, when a sculpture of him is burned on a bonfire as part of traditions Bonfire Night followed by fireworks.

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