Sunday 5 November 2023

Guido Fawkes

When I was growing up in England in the 1960s, Hallowe'en was not an event, except in the formal Ch of Eng sense of All Saint's Eve the day before the Feast of All Saints on 1st November. Much of the pagan hoopla - bonfires, fireworks, mischief - was transferred to Guy Fawkes Day which memorialized a failed plot against the King in Parliament. The following years, celebrations were legislated in The Observance of 5th November Act 1605 aka The Thanksgiving Act in which the preamble laid out the terms of reference 

"many malignant and devilish Papists, Jesuits, and Seminary Priests, much envying and fearing, conspired most horribly, when the King's most excellent Majesty, the Queen, the Prince, and the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, should have been assembled in the Upper House of Parliament upon the Fifth Day of November"

So tonight is when Catholics are to be burned in effigy across the water in England. What elsssssse?:

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