Guy Fawkes – My Hero (Nov. 5th Guy Fawkes day)

Don - November 4, 2006

Guy is not my hero because he tried blowing up Parlament…which sometimes isn’t such a bad idea. He’s my hero because of the fun of celebrating Guy Fawkes day.I love Guy Fawkes day!!! When I was on my mission in England the kids would stuff an old shirt and jeans, make a face out of something and push this “Guy” around in a broken down pram (baby carriage) or wagon calling out “Penny for the Guy – - Penny for the Guy” and collect a few pennies, a six pence or a shilling.

With the collection, usually over 2 or 3 days they would then go out and buy some fireworks. Come November 5th they’d find an open field in the neighborhood and built a big bonfire. Once the fire was going well they’d throw the “Guy” on top and let off the fireworks. What fun it was! And being missionaries we were right there in the middle of it with the kids!

Guy, you rule…thanks for a great holiday – too bad we don’t celebrate it here!

4 Comments »

  1. Oh remember remember the 5th of November
    The gunpowder treason and plot
    I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
    Should ever be forgot…

    I wish we had some cool, wacky holidays like that. Maybe we could mimic it by celebrating the near betrayal of West Point to the hated British by Benedict Arnold. We could all eat eggs and have duels with tomahawks or something.

    Comment by Bret — November 4, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  2. My ward does a similar activity with the YM out in the desert. It’s how they dispose of the Christmas trees the scouts collect for people after Christmas, I think. A huge bonfire loaded with fireworks that just explode at random times. Good clean fun.

    Comment by Susan M — November 5, 2006 @ 8:53 am

  3. I was going to watch V for Vendetta in honor of old Guy Fawkes, but it slipped my mind. Thanks for the reminder.

    Comment by Dallas Robbins — November 5, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

  4. We always celebrated Guy Fawkes Day, in Provo, Utah. See my comment on Ronan’s thread at BCC. (I’m too lazy to link to it!)

    We always made the second line of the rhyme:

    Gunpower, treason and shot.

    Perhaps Ronan is an authority on it.

    Comment by Mark B. — November 6, 2006 @ 8:28 am

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