St. George’s Day

Happy St. George’s Day!  St. George’s Day falls on 23rd April and is England’s National Day. (Think 4th of July) but it is not a public holiday and we don’t eat beans and franks here in the UK but rather bangers and mash-but I digress.  St. George is the patron Saint of England.  His emblem is a red cross on a white background-which is the flag of England.  The flag was adopted by Richard the Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.  The King’s soldiers wore it on their tunics (yes, tunics) to avoid confusion in battle.

St. George was actually a Roman solider who protested against the Roman’s torture of Christians and he died for his beliefs.  The best known story is that St. George had a battle with a mighty dragon (aren’t they all?).  But it is unlikely that he ever even encountered a dragon and even more unlikely that he ever visited England.  Despite this, St. George is known as the dragon slaying patron Saint of England.

As for me, I have my own dragons to slay today.  Both real and imaginary.

Happy St. George’s Day Y’all

 

P.S. We celebrate this day in the UK by wearing a red rose in the button hole of our suit/jacket/coat.  The rose is the national flower of England.

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7 comments

  1. Howard · April 23, 2015

    I think today is also Will Shakespeare’s birthday. And also, coincidently, his deathday. (Bummer! What a way to spend your birthday…)

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    • samdfb1 · April 23, 2015

      Interesting. I should blog on Will’s birthday-but I bet you could do a better job than me! Clever clogs that you are. 😉

  2. Yvonne · April 23, 2015

    I like that you say “our national flower”.

    • samdfb1 · April 23, 2015

      Lol. Hey, I am more Brit than Yank! I love Obama but God save the Queen. 😉

  3. Julie · April 25, 2015

    It all makes no sense , I can only apologise. We are woefully apathetic about the whole thing, but I think in part that comes from a deep embarrassment about all the dreadful things we’ve done in the past .We have a bit of a history of taking things from all over the world which are not ours to take, so taking some bloke from Turkey or Azerbaijan or where it was he came from and making him our patron saint is no real surprise.
    Now if it was a bank holiday of course we would be a lot less apathetic and that would be a completely different matter, but then it would always rain on St Georges Day!

    • samdfb1 · April 25, 2015

      So interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. samdfb1 · April 23

    Reblogged this on Life in London and commented:

    Happy St. George’s Day!

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