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ST GEORGE'S DAY!

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ST GEORGE'S DAY!

  1. 1. Saint Georges Day is the feast day of Saint GeorgeIt is celebrated by various Christian churches and by theseveral nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of whichSaint George is the patron saint. Saint Georges Day iscelebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date ofSaint Georges death in AD 303.Today, St Georges day may becelebrated with anything Englishfrom Morris dancing to a Punchand Judy show. Additionalcelebrations may involve thecommemoration of the 23 April asShakespeares birthday/death.
  2. 2. • A traditional custom on St Georges day is to wear a red rose• Another custom is to fly the St Georges Cross flag• It is customary for the hymn "Jerusalem" to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels on St Georges Day, or on the Sunday closest to it.• Traditional English foods and drink (e.g. afternoon tea) may be consumed.
  3. 3. • Countries that celebrate St Georges Day include England, Canada, Croatia, Portugal, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Macedonia… Cities include Moscow in Russia, Genova in Italy, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Victoria in Malta and many others. It is also celebrated in the old Crown of Aragon in Spain—Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, and Majorca.• The St Georges Day is also known as Georgemas.• It is the second most important National Feast in Catalonia, where the day is known in Catalan as La Diada de Sant Jordi.• Under the state atheism of former Eastern Bloc countries, the celebration of Saint Georges Day was historically suppressed.
  4. 4. There was a ambience with stirringhymns that including ‘Jerusalem’, ‘I Vowto Thee my Country’ and ‘There’ll Alwaysbe an England’. Poems by two Englishpoets, Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Glory ofthe Garden’ and ‘Home – thoughts fromabroad’ by Robert Browning, togetherwith bible readings, prayers and aninformative talk about St George. Idesprés sacaba amb lhimne nacional.
  5. 5. • The Scout movement has been celebrating St Georges Day on 23 April since its first years, and St George is the patron saint of many other organisations.
  6. 6. • In the book, Dracula by Bram Stoker, evil things are said to occur on St Georges Day, beginning at midnight. The date of St Georges Day presented in the book, 5 May (on the Western, Gregorian Calendar), is St Georges Day as observed by the Eastern Orthodox churches.

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