Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
On Monday, November 5th, a group of Swatties took part in the age old English tradition of burning Guy Fawkes in effigy in a bonfire. In the early hours of the morning of November 5th, 1605, Guy Fawkes was found in the cellar of the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder after a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament – along with the King, Prince of Wales, and members of Parliament – was thwarted. Ever since, English citizens have annually celebrated “Bonfire Night” on Nov. 5th.