November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day. Not that people much care anymore and that’s a good thing.
Although Guy Fawkes Day was a lot of fun, with its bonfires and so on, it was also anti-Catholic, less because Fawkes was a Catholic fanatic who tried to blow up Parliament and the King than because militant Protestantism, and with it anti-Catholicism, used to be one of the less attractive features of the Anglosphere self-image.
Anti-Catholicism, and Guy Fawkes Day, were gradually suppressed by tolerant-minded people like George Washington and Queen Victoria.
I’m sorry to see traditions fade as a rule. But if the British are now largely celebrating Halloween at this time of year and saying “Trick or Treat” instead of chanting “Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot”, well, it’s a good substitute holiday.
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