By admin ~ November 1st, 2013. Filed under: Bahamas Update.
Guy Fawkes Day originates from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a failed conspiracy by a group of provincial English Catholics to assassinate the Protestant King James I and replace him with a Catholic head of state. To mark this holiday, nighttime parades commence through the streets and culminate in the hanging and burning of an effigy of Guy Fawkes, a conspirator who was caught guarding a cache of explosives placed in a cellar beneath the House of Lords. King James’ Council allowed the public to celebrate the king’s survival with bonfires as long as they were “without any danger or disorder.” Before the surviving conspirators were executed in January of 1606, Parliament passed the Observance of 5th November Act 1605, commonly known as the “Thanksgiving Act.” A Puritan member of Parliament, Edward Montagu, suggested that the king’s apparent deliverance by divine intervention deserved some measure of official recognition and reserved November 5th as a day of thanksgiving, with church attendance mandatory.