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Facts About St George’s Day

Posted on 18th April 2015
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Facts About St George’s Day  

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Although much of what we know about St George is shrouded in myth and legend, every Englishman and woman knows that on April 23rd we should all celebrate St George’s Day, so we offer you a few facts to celebrate St George’s Day and the life of the soldier. In reality, we’ve been a bit unpatriotic when it comes to celebrating the day and perhaps that’s because we actually know so little about him.
 
1. Saint George
The most popular story about Saint George is that he was a brave Roman solider who protested against the torture of Christians and as a consequence, died for this valour. He became a popular figure in England during the early Crusades, as Crusader Knights claimed to have seen saw him in a vision on the eve of a battle in which they were then victorious.
 
2. St George’s Emblem
The emblem of St George, a bold red cross set against a plain white background, was adopted by Richard I also and perhaps better known as Richard the Lion Heart who reigned during the 12th century. The king’s soldiers would adorn the emblem on their tunics to avoid confusion during battle. Now it is integrated in the Union Flag the national flag of Great Britain. Often called the Union Jack, this title really only appears when the Union Flag is being flown from a jack staff at the rear of a vessel. Just thought you’d want to know!
 
3. Popular Patron Saint
Strangely, many countries have adopted St George and share the celebrations on Saint George’s Day. These are far spread around the globe and include; Bosnia, Croatia, Canada, Bulgaria, Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. Not only that, there are a number of individual cities who celebrate St George with a feast day and these are as diverse as Genoa in Italy, Beirut in Lebanon and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil plus many more, Like so much of the history of St George, there is confusion as to which date should be chosen for these celebrations. The majority favour 23rd April but some have settled on the following day, these primarily being towards the East.
 
4. Slaying the Dragon
 
St George Slaying the Dragon
One of the most popular stories about Saint George’s chivalry is that he once slayed a dragon. It should be remembered that during the middle ages, the Dragon was used as a symbol of the Devil. While this encounter most likely never happened, he will forever be known as the dragon-slaying patron saint of England. As for the story itself; the most popular version is that a dragon was terrorizing a village and the elders decided that they would offer a princess to the dragon as a sacrifice. On hearing of this, St George rode into the village, killed the dragon and rescued the Princess. Yah!  
 
5. Patron Saint of Scouting
St George isn’t just the patron saint of many nations and cities, he is also the patron saint of scouting. On the Sunday closest to 23rd April, scouts and guides all over England will parade through English streets before attending a St. George’s Day service at their local church.
 
6. St George’s Day Customs
Traditional St George’s Day customs include flying the St George’s flag and wearing a red rose on one’s lapel. The hymn ‘Jerusalem’ will also be part of the church services on 23rd April, or the nearest Sunday to the date. More recently, parts of England have copied the Irish St Patrick’s Day celebrations and have organised St George’s Day parades.
 
7. St George’s Death
Following his protest against Rome’s persecution of Christians, St George was imprisoned and tortured, but always remained true to his faith and beliefs. He was, however, beheaded at Lydda in Palestine, his homeland, on 23rd April 303. In 1222, the Council of Oxford declared the 23rd April would be known as St George’s Day. St George become the patron saint of England in 1348, and the day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England in 1415.
 
So now you know a little about more about the man himself, why not join in with the celebrations on the day and organise your own St George's Day party. At Karnival Costumes we've a huge collection of England themed party goods, decorations, tablewares as well as St George costumes, dragon fancy dress and lots of costume accessories. Check out our St George Costumes and Accessories here!
 
 
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