Why do we celebrate Guy Fawkes every November 5th? Also known as bonfire night, it's in reference to the day of a failed assassination attempt of Britain's King James the first in 1605.
On that fateful day, explosives were discovered beneath the Houses of Parliament as the group plotted to blow them all up... they failed, however, and the incident became know as The Gunpowder Plot.
The plotters, including Guy Fawkes, wanted the country to return to Catholicism and thought that this would happen by killing King James I and his ministers. There were 36 barrels of gunpowder placed in cellars beneath the Houses of Parliament by conspirators. However, a letter from one of the group to his friend who worked in Parliament warning him to stay away saw the plot foiled.
Following the failed assassination attempt, people across London lit bonfires in celebration of King James I's life being spared and it's stuck ever since.
A very sad truth regarding every Guy Fawkes is the dangers of fireworks, especially regarding the safety of animals. Here are some tips to ensure your pet is safe this Guy Fawkes.
1) Keep them in a space they love and a room they recognise and are familiar with. It will keep them from running away. Keep the curtains drawn for them to not notice there is a window to escape. Make sure all windows are closed at all times. Making the room noisy will help a lot such as leaving a radio or TV on in the room.
2) Distract and Play.
3) Make sure your loved one has a name tag, discs and microchips. If they, in an unfortunate instance run away, they will have tags with phone numbers and current addresses which people can call when they’ve been found.
4) Keep your pet hydrated.
And if you want to know more about the tradition of Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot, then hit the play button below.