Should we make St Georges day a National Holiday?
St George’s Day was declared as a national feast day in 1415 and used to be largely celebrated in England, but following the unification with Scotland in May, 1707, the day has become less significant.
Now people go to work as normal, although in recent years there’s been a push to make the day a National Holiday again – we could replace one of the May bank holidays as they are too close together.
The day is not a national public holiday, although campaigners say it is unfair that Ireland and Scotland are granted a bank holiday for St Patrick’s Day and St Andrew’s Day, while the English are not.
If we were to have a National Holiday like a bank holiday then St Georges day would become as popular as St Patricks Day which is really well celebrated ,also St. Andrews Day and St Davids day were they are public holidays in their own right.
How can you celebrate St George’s Day?
Fancy a pint? Throughout the country, pubs celebrate by decorating their venues with the St George’s cross, offering people the chance to celebrate together with a few drinks.
Fervent English fans mark the day up and down the country with parades, dancing and waving flags from buildings and pubs. Some people wear a rose, England’s national flower, on their lapel.
The hymn of Jerusalem is traditionally sung on the day and Morris Dancers often perform around the country.
As well as being the Patron Saint of England, St George is the Patron Saint of Scouting and around April 23 scouts often hold celebrations such as parades and faith services.
Let’s Toast St Georges Day
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