Today is the national day of England – otherwise known as St George’s Day, although it may well have passed you by. With no major national celebrations and no recognised bank holiday, the significance of this day seems to be dwindling.
St George is seen as an early Christian martyr. Born into a Christian family, the emperor refused the persecution of Christians in the year 303 and was thus executed in Palestine. This is why the day is marked with strong religious connotations around the world, although many churches push back celebrations to the 28th in order to create some distance from Easter.
The legend of St George slaying a dragon dates back to English Medieval times, and today the day is marked with a sense of English patriotism. However, the day is not considered to be a big deal in England in the same way as Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day is.
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