St. George Day
This decidedly British (though widely celebrated throughout the world) holiday takes on special meaning for my family, since my cousin and uncle are both named St. George. Also, since I am an Eagle Scout, I particularly like the fact that St. George is the patron Saint of Scouting :-).So, what's this holiday? It's celebrated in countries such as England, Greece, Spain, Bosnia, Canada, Macedonia and Serbia, just to name a few. It is a Christian holiday, where many Orthodox churches celebrate the Feast of St. George. In England, some traditions on this day include wearing a red rose on your lapel (does anyone have a lapel anymore?), fly the red St. George's Cross flag, eat traditional English food and drink (boil & fry), or sing the hymn "Jerusalem" in a Christian church. Additionally, any Shakespeare related activity, such as seeing a Shakespeare play or doing medieval-like activities such as eating a turkey leg are also common practice, since it is believed that the in-venerable playwright was born on the same day.
St. George is believed to have died on April 23rd (in modern calendar systems), 303 A.D. As legend would have it, St. George was a Roman soldier who saved a village from great danger by slaying the terrible dragon that lived nearby, and in turn, rescuing a princess. The story was made popular in 1483, when it was published as part of the book "The Golden Legend." The first reference of the feast of St. George goes back to 673 in England.
- St. George's Red Cross Flag, banners, decorations
- Red roses
- British pub food fare and beer