Watch the video.
Where do you think it is?
Why is it happening?
What are they celebrating?
Do you have anything similar in your country?
When and why?
A) British people have Guy Fawkes' Night or Bonfire Night to celebrate the failed attempt by a man to destroy the Houses of Parliament, the most important political building in London.
Read the text from eslblog and find out the connection between Guy Fawkes and the mask.
Read the questions below and see if you can remember the answers. Write your answers in full sentences for writing practice. When you've finished, read the text again and check your answers.
1. What language did Guy Fawkes speak?
2. When is Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night?
3. What did he try to do?
4. Did he succeed?
5. How many barrels of gunpowder did he use?
6. What name did Guy Fawkes give when he was arrested?
7. Whose face does the mask represent?
8. Where was it first seen?
9. When do people wear it?
10. Where is it banned?
Here are the answers:
1. What language did Guy Fawkes speak? He spoke English.
2. When is Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night? It's on the fifth of November.
3. What did he try to do? He tried to destroy the Houses of Parliament.
4. Did he succeed? No, he didn't.
5. How many barrels of gunpowder did he use? He used 36 barrels.
6. What name did Guy Fawkes give when he was arrested? He gave the name of John Johnson.
7. Whose does the mask represent? It's Guy Fawkes' face.
8. Where was it first seen? It was first seen in a comic book.
9. When do people wear it? People wear it when they want to protest against corruption and governments.
10. Where is it banned? It's banned in Saudi Arabia and other 'western-leaning' regimes (countries that prefer western ideologies).