Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot...
Today is Guy Fawkes Day in Britain - yes, even 400 years after the original plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. There aren't any American traditions that old. Over the course of the day, I saw several effigies out on the streets, and tomorrow night I plan on attending the annual Oxford fireworks display, bonfire night, and funfair in honor of the occasion. Details to come in a future post!
I'll say this now, though: how interesting to participate in other countries' holidays, and to contemplate what kind of event makes a day worth celebrating. On an annual, nationwide basis, that is.