St. Georges Day
I’m all for things cultural and I now know a litlle about St. George’s day. In fact I like to think of myself as a cultural ambassador. It has not always been like that to be honest. But ever since I’ve moved to the UK, I have come to see, enjoy and celebrate many cultures. I think it makes for a better, more cohesive world community when we try to learn about and respect each other’s culture.
In some countries St Georges Day is traditionally celebrated on April 23. It’s a time to celebrate and honour the patron saint of England, St George who is believed to have died on this date in 303 AD. From what I have read, it used to be as popular as Christmas. Unfortunately this is no longer the case but still celebrated however.
To be honest, I wondered who this Saint George was or if he was even a real person so I did what most people would do, I typed it in Google. It is thought that George strongly protested the persecution of Christians. Perhaps as a result of this many Christian churches celebrate the life of this patron saint on the Sunday closest to the 23rd of April. They are not alone however and in fact perhaps more non-Christians celebrate the life of this patron saint in various ways.
As with most cultural celebrations there are things to see and do, vibrant colours, festive music and general jolliness. I just love it! Lot’s of people will be out celebrating in the sunshine maybe with a barbecue, a football match, or a tea party.
Through my research I also found that St George fought and killed a fire breathing dragon, hence dragons and shields (for he must have had one since he fought a dragon) form a big part of any craft and decorations to do with St. George’s Day celebrations.
St. George’s Day in the UK is celebrated with garlands and bunting of the red and white flag, craft with dragons or rose theme, tea parties (the proper British Way) and of course the great British past time drinking in the decorated pubs or in beer gardens.
Whether or not you celebrate it, I think it still helps to know a bit about the culture so you are more educated and can hold a conversation with a bit of knowledge on St. George’s Day. Have a good one! Peace!