|Guy Fawkes burning at Old Fort Erie|
On November 5, 1605 a group of English Catholics planned to blow up Parliament with a massive amount of gunpowder placed in the basement. If successful, King James I would be killed along with the leading Protestant nobility. The conspirators hoped to crush the leading nobility in order to bring a return to Catholicism in
plan failed when Guy Fawkes was captured and sentence to be executed. England
Days after the failed attempt on King James’ life, people were permitted to hold bonfires to celebrate the king’s survival. In 1606, Parliament passed an act to recognize November 5th as a national day of thanksgiving. Ever since then in
many other countries, the tradition of burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes lives
on. During the War of 1812, soldiers and citizens in England celebrated this tradition
with bonfires and other festivities. Canada
Make sure you remember, remember to visit Old Fort Erie, Fort George and the Drummond Hill Cemetery, among others, for their yearly Halloween tours.