Remember remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder Treason and plot
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot!
When I lived in Devon I used to go to Ottery St Mary for November 5th. They have a spectacular custom of 'Barrel Burning' once a year. The custom is hundreds of years old. Huge wooden barrels are stuffed with tar and straw and then lit. Only people born in the village can carry the barrels. Seventeen Barrels are carried throughout the day. Hundreds of people line the streets of this little village to watch the spectacle. It is wild and primitive. Children's races start in the afternoon. Children carry smaller barrels that are not lit. Then when it is dark the women carry burning barrels and pass them to each other. Then it is the men's turn. The crowd gets charged and things can get pretty hairy. The burning barrels are carried and passed until they fall apart. I saw a pub sign get set alight and a van's windscreen get broken one year. I also found myself in the path of a man carrying a burning barrel and had him running behind me shouting "Get out of the way you B*gger!" That was pretty exciting! You can find out more about the burning tar barrels Here. If you live near and are feeling brave it is a 'must see'.