Remember, remember the fifth of November,Today is the 401st anniversary of when a group of protesters tried to blow up the British houses of Parliament with the Parliament and king in them. Guy Fawkes, one of the plotters, was arrested and executed for treason, and has since been remembered as first a symbol of what happens to those who scheme against the government, but also a symbol that government should be held accountable to the people it represents.
Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
At least, that's the interpretation I picked up from the fabulous movie V for Vendetta, in which the hero, V, wears a Guy Fawkes mask and plots to blow up the houses of Parliament.
I also now understand why in Harry Potter, Dumboldore's pet phoenix is named Fawkes.
For more on the holiday, see these websites:
Fawkesian Society Website
Guy Fawkes Night on Wikipedia
Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night