Posted by: Nici | 23 April, 2008

Happy St Georges Day!

 

St. George’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd. The life of St. George, the patron saint of England, is shrouded in legend and fable.

Most famously he slayed a ‘dragon’ in Libya, and saved a sacrificial maiden. He distributed a reward amongst local villagers.

St. George held a senior post in the Roman Army, before being executed for protesting about the treatment of Christians under the rule of Emporer Dioclesian.

His popularity spread throughout Europe from the 10th Century onwards, following stories of his chivalrous actions.

English Heritage has launched a campaign to dispel the apathy surrounding St George’s Day and encourage more people to celebrate their patron saint.

A survey by the Government agency revealed that 82 per cent of the public knows that St George’s Day falls today, but fewer than one in five actually celebrates the occasion.

I think we should have a bank holiday just like the Irish do on St Patricks Day.

It was good to see the English spirit alive and well walking to work this morning. I saw vans with the England flag hanging out their windows, my local sandwich shop had England flags and banners outside and I saw a pub covered in England flags.

I am proud to be English and I wish we would be given the opportunity to celebrate it as a country.

Thank you to Burkes Peerage and The Telegraph for some of this post.

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Responses

  1. Yep, a bank holiday would be nice, but then we have two coming up in May, so that would be alot of bank holidays close together. Hmm.. actually, that sounds pretty cool! LOL

    How are you finding Wicked?

  2. Hmmm three bank holidays close together…lovely! 🙂

    So far so good with Wicked, only 17 pages in so should know for definate tonight when I have read some more.

  3. I didn’t know there was a St. George’s Day in England. That is so cool! America doesn’t have a patron saint, which is a great shame in my opinion. All we have is Columbus Day, to celebrate Christopher Columbus, who wasn’t even the first European to come here! Oh well…


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