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People across the pond often explain Britain's "Bonfire Night"/"Guy Fawkes Night" as the UK's version of their July 4th celebration.
Penchant for detonating sparking, explody things aside, they're not at all similar.
One is about a nation celebrating its independence (or the defeat of alien invaders, depending how strong your grip is on reality) the other is basically a nation trolling terrorists, rubbing their faces in failure.
That the thwarting of the November 5th gunpowder plot is remembered is arguably one of the two reasons why the Brits are universally unafraid of terrorism (the second being that Fair Blighty has faced down the largest war machines the world has ever seen. A random yahoo that wants to blow himself up is an irritant by comparison). You leave the nations of the UK alone and they fight among themselves in a 600mile long drunken brawl. However, if an outside force so much as prods them with a stick in a manner that they find remotely unpleasant, they unify into 93,000 square miles of angry.
First, they find you, then they deal with you, then they really go to work and trivialise you and your cause so that both will be a joke for the rest of recorded history.
Guy Fawkes died 400 years ago, and the Brits still annually set fire to effigies of him!
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Hold on, Rather then reminding people to be stalwarts against terrorists...

Guy Fawkes night also reminds people to stand up for their rights against an oppressive government, That kept on violating their rights.
jollyjack Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
It only means that to fans of the V for Vendetta movie rather than actual history.
The "Gunpowder Plot" was all about religion, not fighting against the violation of rights. The conspirators, Fawkes among them, wanted to kill King James (a Protestant) and replace him on the throne with Princess Elizabeth (a Catholic).
VM893 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
interesting piece of history. also, I see how some people would think that you are talking about V for Vendetta. i have seen the film and read the graphic novel. both of which are very good...though I will admit that the film may have been a little too "Americanized"
CuddlesTheOctopus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013

I been reading through the comments on this.

Sad to see how many ignorant motherfuckers I have to call my countrymen. Especially the ones that still somehow think that the bullshit we're told by the press about the war on terror is true. Fuckin sad.
DarkestApollomon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Writer
How ironic that I came across this!  I'm actually doing a research project on the Gunpowder Plot. ^.^
lilhavers Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Finally I understand that part of British story. I admire your stand against terrorism and kidnapping.
Pikichuu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
I'd much prefer a V for Vendetta ending.
niekitty Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
that is... the best explanation of a holiday that i have ever heard... and suddenly i want to move across the pond.
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Yeah, but very soon you will be 93k square miles of ANGRY, who can't get a dull kitchen knife to use on your enemies - if Parliament and the Brit Doc's have any say. :P
Connorses Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Can you +fav journal entries? Because I want to.
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