On 5th November every year, children in Britain get excited because it is Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes' Night). They lit bonfires and enjoy fireworks displays. On top of the fire there is a guy (a homemade model of a man, like a scarecrow).
They do these things because they're remembering when the King of England, James l, and the Houses of Parliament were nearly blown up with gunpowder
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London.
TEACHERS: here is a video to introduce the topic in both the English classes and those of Social Science in English:
And a few links to very interesting web pages with lots of activities for all levels