- Dragged on a hurdle (a wooden frame) to the place of execution. This is one possible meaning of drawn.
- Hanged by the neck for a short time or until almost dead (hanged).
- Disembowelled and emasculated and the genitalia and entrails burned before the condemned's eyes (this is another meaning of drawn—see the reference to the Oxford English Dictionary below)
- The body beheaded, then divided into four parts (quartered).
How crazy and gross is that? So yeah, Guy Fawkes decided that that really didnt sound pleasant, so he jumped off the gallows, breaking his neck and killing himself so that he wouldn't have to endure the drawing and quartering part of his sentence.
So, every year, basically the entire week of November 5th the Brits celebrate a failed assassination attempt. They have big bonfires where they burn effigies of Guy Fawkes and they have special foods they eat and they shoot off fireworks. So, all week as soon as the sun's gone down, we've heard fireworks. Tonight, our neighborhood is throwing a bonfire, so we're headed over to meet all the neighbors and take part in the festivities! It should be a good time!