Mischief Night

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Mischief Night

November 4
The idea of letting children have a "lawless night" originated in England, and was often celebrated on May Day Eve (April 30) or on Halloween. But in the mid-17th century, when Guy Fawkes Day (November 5) became a national holiday, Guy Fawkes Eve became the most popular night for mischief in England, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is sometimes called Mischievous Night or Danger Night .
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 186
BkHolWrld-1986, Nov 4
DictDays-1988, pp. 26, 77
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