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5th November is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night in Great Britain. It’s a very popular festival in which there are firework displays and bonfires. But the origins of the festival are not really a cause for celebration.

Listen to this explanation of Guy Fawkes Night from http://www.eslholidaylessons.com.  The first part is about its origins and the second part is about present day celebrations.

You can watch this video to find out more about the history of Guy Fawkes.

Now watch this video about fire safety from the National Health Service in the UK (NHS). Where there’s fire, there will be accidents! Do you think people are as safety conscious where you live?


Today Thanksgiving is celebrated in the USA, so we’ve made a compilation of the posts with published about this festival in the last years.

Click here to learn about the History of Thanksgiving with articles from the Wikipedia and The History Channel.

But if you really want to know first hand what Thanksgiving is about, you can listen to President Obama himself explaining it here or here.

And as every year, we are embedding our classic favourit, Obama pardoning his Turkey. Don’t miss it if you want to laugh a bit with his great sense of humour.


Today we celebrate Bonfire Night, a typical British tradition. Do you know who Guy Fawkes was and what he is famous for? Said quickly, Guy Fawkes tried blow up the Houses of Parliament in London back in the year 1605 and since then that day is celebrated by lighting up bonfires.

If you want to know more about him, you can see the film “V for Vendetta” or visit the links below. By the way, do you recognise the mask that appears on the film poster? Yes, it is the same mask used by the group Anonymous.

You can start this historical trip by reading this article or this one taken from The English Blog, where you can find more links, or this one, found on h2g2.

Then you can continue with this article by the History Channel.

Was this too difficult for you? Why don’t you try this article, is much easier if you are a básico student.

Now that you’ve learnt everything about the Gunpowder Plot, why don’t you check your knowledge and try this online game published by the BBC?

I finally recomend you to watch this video to know why British people celebrate the Bonfire night.

I hope you’ve found this article interesting, especially because Guy Fawkes is somehow relevant nowadays.



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