Burning Crosses Thrown in East Sussex River During Guy Fawkes Night Commemorations

Burning crosses were thrown into a river in Lewes, England, as part of the November 5 celebrations to commemorate Guy Fawkes Day.

Guy Fawkes Day, also called Bonfire Night, is an annual observance to mark the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when “zealous Roman Catholics intended to blow up the Houses of Parliament,” according to Encyclopedia Brittanica. In contemporary times it is celebrated with parades, fireworks, and bonfires.

In a video shared by Lee Stacey, burning crosses are seen being thrown over the High Street bridge in Lewes, England, as cheering and music are heard in the background. Burning effigies, and in particular crosses, are a recurrent fixture of the annual Guy Fawkes celebrations. Credit: Lee Stacey via Storyful