Did you know that the 23rd April sees us celebrate our patron saint by honouring St George’s Day? For the majority of people, it’s just another working day. Although not this year! It actually falls on a Saturday so it is a great chance to celebrate and remember the man himself! Personally I think we should get to do this every year by making it a national holiday. After all the Irish always celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style so why shouldn’t us Brits?
So what do we know about the man himself? Well everyone knows the famous legend of St George fighting the dragon, if only that were true, it’d make for a great story. In reality though the real St George was a brave Roman soldier who hated the Romans’ torture of Christians and gave his life for those beliefs. The distinct red and white of the St George’s cross are a symbol representing that time. Now more commonly used during sporting events to support English teams.
Unfortunately, over the years, the celebration of St George’s has waned!
In fact, I bet a lot of you didn’t even know:
• Despite the fact that St. George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, only one in five people know that St. George’s Day falls on 23 April.
• More than a quarter of people living in England do not even know who their patron saint is!
• Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564 and he died on the same day in 1616.
• The Scouting movement across England parade on the closest Sunday to St George’s Day in celebration!
So come on everyone, let’s not leave it to the Scouts to celebrate alone. Let’s raise a glass to our patron saint and toast him in style!