St George’s Day

I had an excellent St Georges day this year and although many people do not celebrate it, I am under the belief that it should become an official holiday just like all of the other bank holidays.

St Patrick’s Day is well established in the UK and is a public holiday in Ireland.  However, St Georges day is often forgotten.  It has been called for many times to make St George’s day a bank holiday but there is still no sign of it happening.  A campaign was launched a 2007 and people were very much convinced that the creation of the new bank holiday would happen within a few years but it has yet to take place.

st georges bank holiday

The day goes pretty unnoticed for many people in the UK but St George is actually a patron saint in other countries too.  St George is celebrated in Rio De Janeiro by displaying flowers which are usually red and white in colour with street parties and candle gatherings.  This is known as Sao George.

Celebrations in Catalonia involve exchanging books and roses as a sign of respect and in Greece feasts are held while garlands are hung up in towns all over the entire country.

Other place in the UK also have their patron saints.  Wales has St David, a Celtic monk from the sixth century who was known for attending assembly of holy men.  St Patrick who we have already mentioned is Ireland’s patron saint.  He was known for apparently getting rid of the snakes in Ireland.  Scotland have St Andrew who is known as Christ’s twelve apostles.

Other places which celebrate St Georges day include:

  • Lithuania
  • Moscow
  • Venice
  • Genoa
  • Aragon
  • Georgia
  • Portugal
  • Istanbul
  • Palestine
  • Germany

So for England to have a lesser celebration of the day when we use the St Georges Cross as our national flag seems quite strange.  I hope that one day England can have an official patron saint holiday just as other countries do.

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