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Natasha Talks. Remember Guy Fawkes

Remember remember the 5th of November400 с лишним лет минуло, а память о Пороховом заговоре и о Гае Фоксе, который хотел взорвать Парламент, до сих пор живет в народе.

Remember, remember the 5th of November!

Каждый год 5-го ноября по всей Англии пламя гигантских костров собирает вокруг себя толпы людей и небо расцвечивается всевозможными фейерверками, на радость детям и на беду домашним животным, которых очень пугают эти трески, вспышки, буханье и свист ракет.

Вопрос, который интересует многих - что же мы с таким удовольствием отмечаем:

- то, что заговорщика Гая Фокса застукали на месте преступления и казнили или,

- все-таки радуемся, что хоть кто-то сделал попытку, хоть и безуспешную,  избавиться от правительства.

Каждый из наших читателей сможет сделать свой выбор, прослушав историю о Пороховом заговоре в исполнении Наташи на английском языке.

Помню не зря пятый день ноября
И заговор пороховой.
Проходят века, но грусть и тоска
Всегда остаются со мной.

Парламент, король - им смерть или боль
Уготованы в день роковой.
Одно море огня, и другая б страна,
И судьба была бы иной...

Подвалы темны, запасы полны,
Там порох сплошной чернотой.
Но слышу шаги... "Охрана, враги!"
Господь, оставайся со мной.

Бежать? Но куда? Повсюду стена,
Кричат впереди и за мной.
Хранят короля небеса и судьба,
А мне отвечать головой.

И пусть сквозь века мои грусть и тоска
Всегда остаются со мной,
Но помнят не зря пятый день ноября
И заговор пороховой.

Не забывайте пользоваться субтитрами, которые мы разместили как на английском, так и на русском языке. Если кому-то ролик покажется трудным или непонятным, то ниже вы найдете текст видео.

Hello, friends!

Natasha is here again. I am going to speak with you today about a very popular phrase for this time of the year. This phrase is “Remember, remember the 5th of November!” Let me tell you where it came from!

On November 5th every year, people all over Britain become pyromaniacs for the evening, lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks. This annual tradition is a way of remembering the events of November 5th 1605 when thirteen young men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament, killing all inside it, including the King.

Let me tell you the story, why all that happened.

At the time, religious teaching was dictated by the Church of England which would not tolerate Roman Catholicism. Therefore it was difficult for followers of the Catholic faith to worship freely in England.

All members of the Gunpowder Plot were Catholics and the plot was a response to the repression they experienced.

Some English people were opposed to being under the rule of a Scot (King James I who was Scottish and Protestant) so the Gunpowder Plot would have put an end to that.

A small group took shape, under the leadership of Robert Catesby, who planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they would kill the King and the Members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics.

To carry out their plan, the plotters got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder - and stored them in a cellar, just under the House of Lords.

The person who was going to set alight the barrels was an experienced solider. He used to work with explosives and was called Guy Fawkes.

The King found out about the plot and sent soldiers to capture Guy Fawkes in the early hours of November 5th.

Guy Fawkes was caught, tortured and executed and this was the end of the Gunpowder Plot.

In the evening of that day, people started to set alight bonfires to celebrate the King’s safety.

Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning dummies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire.

Preparations for Bonfire Night celebrations include making a dummy of Guy Fawkes, which is called "the Guy". Some children even keep up an old tradition of walking in the streets, carrying "the Guy" they have just made, and beg passersby for "a penny for the Guy." The kids use the money to buy fireworks for the evening’s celebrations.

On the night itself, the Guy is placed on top of the bonfire, which is then set alight; and fireworks displays fill the sky.

The Gunpowder Plot shocked the people of England so much, so that even today, the reigning monarch only enters Parliament once a year, on what is called "the State Opening of Parliament". Prior to the Opening, and according to custom, the Yeomen of the Guard searches the cellars of the Palace of Westminster. Nowadays, the Queen and Parliament still observe this tradition.

For 400 years, bonfires have burned on November 5th to mark the failed Gunpowder Plot.

Before I go I’ll tell you a funny fact.

Some English people have been known to wonder, whether they are celebrating Fawkes' execution OR honouring his attempt to do away with the government.

I will leave you with that to discuss. Hope to see you again soon. Remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot!

See you soon, goodbye!