A ‘Bonfire Night’ is highly significant for Christians worldwide. If the 1605 Jesuit plot had not been foiled; there would be no King James version Holy Bible, a Catholic monarch would have ruled Great Britain, the Pilgrim Fathers would have been butchered as heretics, with the consequences that follow from that for the Commonwealth and the world. King James I decreed the 5th November an annual day of thanksgiving for the God-sent deliverance. Over 400 years later, November 5th is still a very popular annual celebration in the United Kingdom, a timely reminder of the overthrow of the Roman Catholic gunpowder plot…each community prepares huge public bonfires…to burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, and the pope, in gratitude and remembrance of the event.
Historically, the event should be held on 4th Nov if 5th falls on Sabbath, as this year.