Every year on November 5th, this misfire is celebrated across the United Kingdom with fireworks, bonfires and the burning of effigies. One of the most famous celebrations is held in Lewes, a small village in East Sussex, with thousands of people filling the streets.
The night is a rich tradition of fire and patriotism. Each year the bonfire societies march through the city in fancy dress (costumes) to giant bonfires where they burn effigies: Guy Fawkes and Pope Paul V are always featured. In the past, they have burned effigies of George W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Osama bin Laden, local politicians who have opposed the celebrations – pretty much anyone the society feels deserves some vilification.
It’s definitely not a PC event, but it is quite the party.