> Personally, I'd LOVE to have someone send me a pattern for a Guy Fawkes
>I can whip up for my son for Samhain <G>.
Guy Fawkes was an Englishman who along with some others was involved in a
plot to cause an explosion in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Their
purposes were the achievement of an end to discrimination against Catholics
in those lands under the rule of the English king, and the adoption of
proportional representation in place of the first-past-the-post voting
It is my understanding that the intention behind the use of fireworks & the
burning of the "Guy" were to imitate the explosion (that never came about in
the end) and to demonstrate hatred for Guy - burning an effigy of the man.
These things have nothing to do with Samhain, which falls on the 31 October,
(Guy Fawkes night is the 5th November). If you want to get into the Samhain
thing, take a look at the other messages under the heading "Samhain" on this
list. You will find loads of activities & customs to try out - kids really
love them, especially if you can follow up with some tales of what Samhain
is about - the opening of the Sidhe, the appearance of the Tuatha de Dannan
for a night, lighting bonfires, and lots of stuff about ghosts, fairy folk,
pu/cas (horse fairies) and so on.
re - costumes - the fairy folk of Ireland at least are seen wearing green &
red, and are "allergic" to iron traditionally, so see if you can dispense
with belt buckles etc. My elder daughter loved this stuff last year (she was
2 years old) and is all excited about this year for weeks past.
Have loads of fun!!!
Stiofa/n mac Amhalgaidh. "MAQQI"