Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy St George's Day!

Today is Saint George's Day, an annual event that takes place on 23rd April to celebrate the patron saint of England.

These are some of the events happening today to celebrate St George's Day:

Celebrate St Georges Day at Trafalgar Square with a fresh and varied selection of English music. 12.30pm - 6pm FREE
St George's Day Concert, Trafalgar Square

Head to the V&A for a range of free events for St Georges Day at the Museum of Childhood.

Free afternoon talk (at 4 pm) at the National Gallery about the famous painting of St George and the Dragon (which is permanently housed at the National Gallery) by Paolo Uccello and the legend of the patron saint of England.

and some more events around England
England: the best St George's Day events, 2011 (via the Telegraph)

Classic English recipes, from traditional puds to brilliant bangers and mash, to help you celebrate St George's Day. (via BBCgoodfood.com)

Top Ten Patriotic Pubs For St George’s Day (via Londonist)

To all my English readers: enjoy celebrating England's national day!

Happy St George's Day!

Edited to add: I was puzzling over why the special Google Doodle to honour St George's Day has suddenly disappeared (it was there at 1:00 am this morning) and mentioned this on twitter. One of my followers provided this surprising information:

"this year it isn't st Georges day til 2 May cos it clashes with Easter" and she kindly provided a link about it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/george_1.shtml
Saint George's Day is April 23. In 2011 because this day falls on Holy Saturday, it will move to May 2.

I'm shocked! It's not as if today's event clashes with Easter Sunday. How many people even know about "Holy Saturday"? I think moving England's national day to a different date is totally ridiculous! Furthermore, that decision doesn't seem to have reached most of England (thankfully!) since there are still plenty of events happening across England to celebrate today. Quite right too!

What do you think about this decision to move the date for St George's Day to May 2nd?

2 comments:

  1. I was puzzled by the move and still think that it was unnecessary!
    It was good to see that many ignored the date change and celebrated it yesterday as usual!
    Flighty xx

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  2. The more I think about it, the more ridiculous this decsison appears. Easter weekend is traditionally a time when all kinds of Bank Holiday events are scheduled so the idea that we musn't celebrate England's national day on "Holy Saturday" doesn't make sense at all.

    I agree - I was pleased to see so many people ignored the date change and still celebrated!

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