Guy Fawkes Day. For those interested it recalls an attempt in 1605 to use gun powder to blow up the House of Parliament in London, England. Guy Fawkes was tortured, tried and for his punishment his genitals were cut off and burned before his eyes, his heart and bowels were then removed, he was decapitated, dismembered and left for the birds of the air to feast upon his remains.
The tradition amongst the English was, and still might be, to celebrate the
event by building a bon fire and burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes, with all his
limbs, properly clothed with a hat on. A constant reminder of what happened to
anyone who felt moved to do something like blow up the House of Parliament.
Oddly the other part of the remembrance is fireworks. Rockets, flares and very
loud noises while everyone goes "Oh Ah."