“Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot;
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”
Did you celebrate Guy Fawkes Night this year? No? Did you go to a Halloween Party? Uhm, yes? Then you’ve just confirmed what the British press and news agencies have been reporting in recent years: Halloween celebrations are gradually getting bigger, while fewer children roam Britain’s streets on November 5th asking for “a penny for the Guy”. Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/11/05/us-britain-halloween-fawkes-idUSTRE5A43XE20091105
If you need a reminder what Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot was all about, you can either watch this short (and not so serious) Horrible Histories video clip (see below), or read the Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes) for the gory details.
The mask has become more famous than the man with Alan Moore’s and David Lloyd’s 1982 graphic novel V for Vendetta, and its 2005 film adaptation starring Natalie Portman (check out the trailer below). Guy Fawkes’ mask has since become a symbol for anti-government protest, notably of the internet activist group Anonymous and the Occupy movement, but has also been used by other groups, such as these members of the Polish parliament, who wore the masks as a sign of their protest against the controversial anti-piracy agreement ACTA last year.