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St George’s Day 2015

The National Day for England, known as St George’s Day falls on 23rd April every year. Today you might’ve seen the odd flag pop up, spot it mentioned on Facebook or most likely been reminded by the Google homepage, but not many people know the story behind it. Given we live in England and probably should know, we thought it would be a good idea to shed some light…

  • Born in Turkey in the 3rd century, St George was a Christian Roman soldier who served under a pagan Emperor.
  • When Rome began persecuting Christians, St George protested and was imprisoned, tortured and eventually beheaded.
  • We celebrate on 23rd April as it’s the anniversary of his death
  • The most famous legend of St George is of him slaying a dragon.
  • Although St George is the patron saint of England, he’s also patron of Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal and Russia!
  • His emblem is a red cross on a white background, now the flag of England and part of the Union Jack.
  • For most people in England St George’s Day is just another normal working day and only 1 in 5 people know which date it falls on.

Are you celebrating St George’s Day today? Let us know what you’re getting up to!

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