“There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England.”
Sir Winston Churchill
The History of St George’s Day
In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day
It was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England
In 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England
However, after the union with Scotland at the end of the 18th Century, the tradition diminished and since has not been widely acknowledged and is no longer a national holiday
Traditional customs were to fly the St George’s flag and wear a red rose in one’s lapel
The hymn ‘Jerusalem’ was also sung on the 23rd April, or the nearest Sunday to that date, in churches across the nation
The 23 April 1616 was also the date of the death of the English playwright William Shakespeare. UNESCO marked this historic date by declaring it the International Day of the Book.
courtesy of http://www.stgeorgesday.com/st-georges-day/history-of-the-day/
LET’S MAKE ST.GEORGE’S DAY A NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR ENGLAND.
Every year people of Scotland, Wales and Ireland celebrate their national day with very few problems.
Every year St.George’s day almost always raises some form controversy – but why?
Alan · Works at HM Armed Forces
As a Scotsman who is first and foremost BRITISH, it always ASTOUNDS me to see St Patrick’s day celebrate more in England than St George’s day. Though to be honest I know that although we celebrate St Andrew’s day here in Scotland, a lot more promotions etc happen for St Patrick’s day 😦 It ANGERS me to see and hear people trying to infer that because an English person celebrates St George’s day and flies/waves/displays their St George’s cross, that somehow this is RACIST? Well, it bloody will is NOT. To ALL PROUD ENGLISHMEN & WOMEN I say this; RISE UP, SEIZE YOUR SAINTS’ DAY, CELEBRATE IT WITH A HOLIDAY, FLY ST GEORGE’S FLAG WITH PRIDE AND IF ANYONE AND I DO MEAN, ANYONE, TRIES TO INFER THAT YOU ARE A RACIST THEN EVER SO POLITELY, TELL THEM TO F#CK OFF.It’s about time that we campaigned to have St. George’s day made a national day for England!
In March 2011, the Tourism minister, John Penrose, announced that the government is proposing to move The May Day bank holiday to St George’s Day on April 23rd so as to get the tourist season off to an earlier start.
This is the perfect time to make our voices heard and push for St George’s Day to be awarded the recognition it deserves.
Vote below to make St George’s Day England’s national holiday!
You can sign the petition being run by Wells Bombardier Beer here
HAPPY ST.GEORGE’S DAY EVERYONE.