St. Georges Day Tomorrow 23rd April
March 2011, the Tourism minister, John Penrose, announced that the government was proposing to move The May Day bank holiday to St George’s Day on April 23rd so as to get the tourist season off to an earlier start.
This still hasn’t happened so Join the campaign to request that ‘Our Day’ be made a public holiday in England so that it can be recognised and celebrated as it should be.
This website strives to expand the awareness of St George’s Day and promote English Heritage and patriotism. The 23rd April should be a day when all English people come together to celebrate our great nation and have fun!
The Irish enjoy a national holiday for St Patrick’s day, and the Scottish celebrate St Andrew’s Day – why should we not celebrate our own Patron Saint and have our own national day recognised?
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.
Go to the website St George’s Day.com, that gives information on all things English, that celebrates our great English Heritage and actively promotes St George’s Day on the 23rd April.