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Monday, May 2, 2011

St. George's Day

St. George is the patron saint of many countries and St. George's Day was equivalent to Christmas celebrations in England between the 15th and 18th century. Recently, St. George’s Day festivities have resurfaced in England and suggestions have been made to make St. George’s Day a public holiday. A traditional custom at this time is to wear a red rose in a coat or jacket lapel. Another custom is to fly the St George's Cross flag and pubs are decorated with garlands of the red cross with a white background. It is customary for the hymn "Jerusalem" to be sung in English cathedrals, churches and chapels on St George's Day, or on the Sunday closest to it.

Shakespeare, who is said to have been born on St. George’s Day, is often quoted from his play Henry V, ‘Cry God for Harry, England and St. George!’

(Note: This year St. George’s Day, which is normally celebrated on April 23rd will, according to the church, be celebrated in England on May 2 to avoid a conflict with Easter. But many people went ahead and celebrated on April 23rd regardless.)


K9friend said...

Interesting little bit of history, Ann. I'm all for adding another public holiday!


Sheila Deeth said...

Oh, now I've got Jerusalem ringing in my head. I've always loved listening to it, so thank you!

Joanne said...

very interesting. Always cool to learn a fresh dash of history. Cheers!

Helen Ginger said...

We don't celebrate St. George's Day here, of course, but I say, celebrate his day on his day.

~Niki~ said...

Hi~nice to 'meet' you. Glad you stopped by my blog!

Slamdunk said...

I did not know much about St. George's Day--thanks for the history lesson.

I like your blog's banner photo as well. It reminds me of a road that I used to run on--not quite Texas, but one state to the north.