St George's Day - 23rd April

Here’s what you might not know about St. George’s Day:

 

Take a close look at the English flag. That red cross over a white background has meaning. It’s actually St. George’s Cross — a symbol so closely intertwined with English national identity that St. George has his own national day.

 

The legend of Saint George and the Dragon describes the saint taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices. We celebrate St. George’s Day on April 23 — the anniversary of his death in 303 AD.

 

The patron saint of England has captivated British imaginations since the Crusades and the Hundred Years’ War. Perhaps the most British of all holidays, this special day is a chance to let your English flag fly, literally and figuratively.

 

St. George’s Day is a celebration of the birth of Saint George. It is usually celebrated on April 23 and on May 6 for Eastern Orthodox Churches. The reason for this is because Eastern Churches use the Julian calendar, and Western Churches use the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, St. George was born on April 23, 303 AD according to the Julian calendar, which is May 6 using the Gregorian calendar. The day on which it is actually celebrated may change, however, due to its proximity to Easter.

 

It is a feast day that is celebrated in many different countries, particularly Protestant and Catholic ones. In Great Britain, it’s a National Day, but it isn’t an official holiday in this country. Other countries that celebrate this holiday include Georgia, Greece, Serbia, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

St George day parade - photo credit British Democrats - more info

History

Saint George is the patron saint of England, Germany, Portugal, Russia, The Boy Scouts and soldiers. However, he is probably best known for the fantastical tale of him slaying a dragon that was terrorizing a town in Libya and rescuing a princess. His true achievements are somewhat harder to decode, however. While he is known to have championed for Richard I during the crusades, and was believed to have been tortured and martyred after he tore up the edict which initiated the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of 303, it is extremely difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.

St George Merchandise

 

Patriot merchandise a company that specialises in national products for Britain and America.

There are offering discount of 20% to celebrate St George day., valid until 23rd April 21

Discount offer 20%

Some photos of very interesting cakes to give you ideas to celebrate St Georges!

Credits: Dragon cake- St Michaels

Castle cake - Nina - pinterest -

Roses & Crosses- Cannon Care