I didn't think an argument would break out over such a simple sentiment
Well played Rod
For our American cousins
The History of St George’s Day
In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day
It was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England
In 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England
However, after the union with Scotland at the end of the 18th Century, the tradition diminished and since has not been widely acknowledged and is no
longer a national holiday
Traditional customs were to fly the St George’s flag and wear a red rose in one’s lapel
The hymn ‘Jerusalem’ was also sung on the 23rd April, or the nearest Sunday to that date, in churches across the nation
The 23 April 1616 was also the date of the death of the English playwright William Shakespeare. UNESCO marked this historic date by declaring it the
International Day of the Book.
St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Cappadocia, now Eastern Turkey
He moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of Tribunus Militum
However, he later resigned his military post and protested against his pagan leader, the Emperor Diocletian (245-313 AD), who led Rome’s persecution
His rebellion against the Emperor resulted in his imprisonment, but even after torture he stayed true to his faith
The enraged Diocletian had St George dragged through the streets of Nicomedia, Turkey, on the 23rd of April 303 AD and had him beheaded
The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by St George’s bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently
executed for her faith
St George & The Dragon
The medieval legend of St George and the dragon is over a thousand years old. The tale goes that the dragon made it’s nest by the fresh water spring
near the town of Silene in Libya. When people came to collect water, they inadvertently disturbed the dragon and so offered sheep as a distraction.
After time, there were simply no sheep left to offer the dragon and so the people of Silene decided to chose a maiden from the town by drawing lots.
When the results were read, it was revealed that the princess was to be the dragon’s next victim. Despite the Monarch’s protest his daughter
Cleolinda was offered to the dragon...
However, at the moment of offering, a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion. St George dismounted and drew his sword,
protecting himself with the sign of the cross. He fought the dragon on foot and managed to slay the beast and saved the princess. The people of Silene
were exceptionally grateful and abandoned their pagan beliefs to convert to Christianity.
Why we have a Turk national that never set foot in England is simple
We're English Read our history
We took pretty much everything from abroad and made it our own.
Hope that helps