Five Things You Should Know about Guy Fawkes Day
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Guy Fawkes masks are a modern addition to the celebration.
Although masks and images of Guy Fawkes have been part of the celebration for hundreds of years, the masks most people recognize as a Guy Fawkes didn't become popular until the early 1980s. Prior to that, masks were made of cardboard and sold to children, and they were being replaced by Halloween masks.
The modern mask, featuring a smirky grin, was created by David Lloyd for V for Vendetta and has since become a symbol of political protest — not just of Guy Fawkes.