Some of our favorite celebs took to Twitter to ‘remember, remember the fifth of November’ on Nov. 5, 2013, Guy Fawkes Day.
Guy Fawkes rose to fame after planning the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, and failing. Many people still honor the holiday with fireworks and parties — or in the case of Alyssa Milano, Eric Whitacre, Jimmy Carr and other stars, with tweets! Read on to see what they had to say.
Guy Fawkes Day Tweets — Celebs & Comedians: What Does The Fawkes Say?
These celebs all seem to have their own way of remembering Guy Fawkes, whether it’s by cracking a joke, brushing up on the history of the day, or mourning his torture.
This is happening out my front door, smack in the middle of Central London. GUY FAWKES LIVES! BLOW THE… http://t.co/gT6z1Ux8hD
— Eric Whitacre (@EricWhitacre) November 3, 2013
It’s Guy Fawkes tonight. In honour of the ye oldie terrorist buy my new DVD or Parliament gets it. http://t.co/l69Uq4tbm6
— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) November 5, 2013
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 5, 2013
— Joel Courtney (@Joel_Courtney) November 5, 2013
— Martin Lewis (@MartinSLewis) November 5, 2013
Guy Fawkes Day: 5 Things To Know
While you’re chanting “remember, remember, the fifth of November” with your favorite celebs, here are a few things to know about the history of November 5, and of Guy Fawkes.
1. Guy Fawkes joined a group of English Catholics and attempted to plant gunpowder in the cellar of the Palace of Westminister in 1605, planning to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England’s Parliament. He was discovered by Thomas Knyvett, the keeper of the Whitehall Palace on November 5. He found Guy (who was posing as John Johnson), along with about 900 kg of gunpowder. The group he was involved with was planning to assassinate the Protestant King James.
2. The holiday was celebrated by fireworks because those in London were encouraged to celebrate the safety of the king by lighting fires. The celebrations were actually repealed in 1859. The celebration has become less and less each year, but many have fireworks to remember the Gunpowder plot.
3. Those who searched the palace actually found out about the assassination plan from an anonymous letter!
4. “Remember, Remember, the fifth of November” is the line from a poem that took on the nature of a nursery rhyme. Here is the full verse:
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder, treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
5. V for Vendetta is based on Alan Moore‘s comic book series, which became popular with a mask styled like the one Guy was wearing. So in case you thought it looked familiar, that’s why!
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– Tierney McAfee