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When is St George's Day 2017? Who was St George and how do the English celebrate?

Mar 04, 2017

What is St George’s Day?

St George’s Day is the anniversary of the saint's death in the year 303 at the hands of the Roman empire.

There are calls for St George’s Day to be made a public holiday like St Patrick’s Day in Ireland and St Andrew’s Day in Scotland. 

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The day was declared a feast day and holiday in 1415 but the celebration waned after England united with Scotland in 1707. 

Although St George’s Day celebrations have mainly withered away, support to reinstate it as a public holiday has grown over the past decade.

Also known as the Feast of St George, the day is observed by the Church of England and the Catholic Church.

When is St George’s Day 2017?

St George’s day takes place on Sunday April 23 in England.

A public celebration of free food, music and games will be held in London’s Trafalgar Square.

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How do people celebrate St George’s Day?

St George’s Day is a chance for people to appreciate all things English.

Unlike the national days of Wales and Ireland, St George’s Day is not honoured with big celebrations around the country.

The national flag of England, with a red cross on a white background, will proudly feature on public display.

Traditionally people will dig into English culinary staples such as fish and chips, watch a Punch and Judy show and wear a rose badge on their lapel.

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Who is St George?

The patron saint of England, Georgia, and Greece was not British, but rather a Roman martyr from Turkey.

St George is believed to have been a professional soldier in the Roman legions and part of the personal retinue of Emperor Diocletian.

The soldier was beheaded and martyred in Palestine after refusing to partake in the cruel persecution of Christians.

A medieval legend embellished his life with the tale of him slaying a dragon, in what is the most popular portrayal of the Saint.