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Guy Fawkes Night

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɡaɪ.fɔːksˌnaɪt/ us    /-fɔːks-/ ( also Bonfire Night) UK
in the UK, the evening of 5 November, when models of men, called guys, are burned on large fires outside and there are firework displays. This is in memory of the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to destroy the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605 with explosives.
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