In England, it is remembered as “Guy Fawkes Night.”
That’s an awkward memory today because it seems anti-Catholic.
The plot, foiled at the last minute, was engineered by Catholic zealots, led by Guy Fawkes.
Celebrating it now might seem to wrongly denigrate today’s Catholics and perhaps to serve as an unpleasant reminder of the country’s early-modern history of religious strife.
The event is remembered in a song, once known and sung by all English schoolchildren as they celebrated “Bonfire Night.” Now, all that has largely disappeared.
So, now, we could sing, “remember, remember the Fifth of December.” Except nobody will say that. Too awkward.