Today, April 23rd is St Georges Day, England’s national Day.
Do you think England should have a bank holiday for St Georges day?
St George a mystery man of myths and legend. Most people believe that St George came from Cappodocia, which is now Turkey, lived at the time of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (AD 245 – 313), and was a cavalry officer in the Army. George was beheaded in Lydda, Palestine (in AD 303) for refusing to carry out orders for Christian persecution.He was canonised in AD 494
Besides being the patron saint of England, St George is also the Patron Saint of Bavaria, Beirut, Portugal and Hungary, to name but a few. He’s also patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and sufferers of leprosy, the plague and syphilis.
Baden Powell also named St George is also the patron saint of Scouts,
At the Synod of Oxford in 1222, St George’s Day was declared a public holiday.
Shakespeare died on St George’s Day 1616, and if the story is to be believed, was born on St George’s Day, 1564