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Sovereign the 6th
Oct 6, 2012

Who Was St George

St George’s Day remembers St George, England patron saint. The actual anniversary of his death, that is on April 23, is viewed as England’s national day. According to legend, he was a soldier from the Roman army who killed any dragon and saved a queen.

When Is St Georges Day

St. George's Day
April 23

What People Do on St Georges Day

Many people in England do not observe nor know when the national day is at most. However, in recent years, celebrating St George’s Day appears to gradually be gaining popularity within England. From the 15th centuries, St George's Day used to become a national holiday in England, along with was celebrated as widely seeing that Christmas.

But the celebrations died down from the end of the 18th centuries after England had united together with Scotland on May 1, 1707. Compared to national day festivities in other countries worldwide, England’s national day isn't widely celebrated.

One exception is the city of Salisbury, where there’s an annual St George’s Day pageant, which historians believe dates back to the 13th century. According to legend, St George is most common for slaying a dragon. On the day St George was visiting a town, a princess were being selected to be sacrificed. Nonetheless, he killed the dragon, saved the princess and gave people of Silene access to normal water.

In gratitude, they converted to help Christianity. It is thought that this dragon represents a certain kind of pagan belief that included the sacrifice of humans. St George is the patron saint of quite a few places, such as Bulgaria, Britain, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Portugal as well as Russia.

He is also remembered in certain regional holidays, such as inside province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada and among the Gorani. People who live inside a mountainous area in the Balkans and were changed into Islam many centuries ago, observe St George's Day.

Around the globe, a number of days are dedicated to St George, including April 23 and appointments in November and December from the Gregorian calendar. The most widely recognized symbol of St George's Day is the St George's flag. This is a red cross on a white background, which is often displayed as buntings and other decorative items.

It is used because England's national flag, forming section of the Union Flag, the national flag of britain of Great Britain and N . Ireland. Saint George's cross was originally the flag with the maritime Republic of Genoa.

All around 1190, the King of England started paying the Doge of Genoa to shield ships originally from the city of London plus the rest of England that sailed within the Mediterranean. During the crusades within the 1100s and 1200s, English knights used St George's cross during their uniform.

It has been the state flag of England for generations, but the Union Flag, a mixture of St George's cross, St Andrew's flag and St Patrick's cross, is the national flag of britain. Now Saint George's cross is utilized as a national symbol by fans with the English national football, rugby along with cricket teams.

At international suits, flags and scarves bearing this cross are worn and the wonderful paint it on their encounters. It is also has a prominent put on the arms of the City of London plus the flags of the city associated with Barcelona, Spain, and the state of Georgia.
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Royal Knight the 4th
Feb 13, 2013
It's a REAL shame this could never be a bank holiday and has NEVER been;if UKIP get in power they have promised to flip the rules and make it a bank holiday with people able to hold street parties, BBQ's, fireworks and other celebrations too, which would be nice. Wales Scotland and Ireland treat their Saints days as bank holidays and give everybody the day off to celebrate BUT England NEVER does. Hopefully we WILL get that chance should they get in power and that's one of the things they have pledged to make reality. ;)
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S-T Fireworks Guardian
Dec 16, 2013
Thats a good point ant, that could really help UKIP at the election. They finally have something good about them :p

But on a serious note, i do agree that it should be a bank holiday, and of course any reason to have fireworks is a winner in my eyes :D


Sovereign the 6th
Oct 6, 2012
Most of these small holidays, what i call them should be bank holidays it would make sense to allow people to have days off instead of thinking profit all the time.

And i have to agree anything we can put fireworks towards is a big plus :)