"It was the fifth of November, Guy Fawkes Night"

 Every year on 5th November, the British celebrate the failure of a Catholic plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1606. Until 1859 it was illegal not to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, during which an effigy of Guy Fawkes, the chief conspirator, is burned on a bonfire. In modern times the night has become an excuse for large-scale firework displays; its original anti-Catholic meaning has largely been lost.