St. George's Day
St George’s Day is celebrated in ‘England’ on 23 April, in honour of St George, the patron saint of England.
Who was St St George? …
A story dating back to the 6th century tells that St George rescued a maiden by slaying a fire-breathing dragon.
What is the national emblem of England?
The national emblem and national flower of England is a red rose. The flower has been adopted as England’s emblem since the time of the ‘Wars of the Roses’ – civil wars (1455-1485) between the royal house of Lancaster (whose emblem was a red rose) and the royal house of York (whose emblem was a white rose).
What is England’s National Dress? England does not have a national dress.
How does England celebrate St George’s Day?
By tradition, 23 April is the day for a red rose in the button hole, the national flower. However, unlike other countries, England does not celebrate it like Americans celebrate 4 July with fireworks. In fact, you are more likely to see big St Patrick parades in England celebrating Ireland’s National Day, than you would see any sign of St Georges Day being celebrated. For most people in England St George’s Day is just another ordinary working day.
• Despite the fact that St. George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, only one in five people know that St. George’s Day falls on 23 April.
• More than a quarter of people living in England do not even know who their patron saint is!
• Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564 and he died on the same day in 1616.