Tonight is Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, aka Bonfire Night, aka an excuse for fireworks with a vague connection to a failed regicide four hundred years ago and the execution of the conspirators. As reasons for celebration go it’s pretty strange - gruesome, tied up in political and religious conflicts that aren’t settled centuries later. Like Christmas its meaning and symbols have changed wildly over the years. These days a certain Guy Fawkes mask is the symbol of an international hacker movement.
Have you ever had a bit of deep background like this - history halfway forgotten and imagery repurposed more than once?