Friday, April 23, 2010

To the good folk of England

By tradition, 23 April is the day for a red rose in the button hole, the national flower of England. However, unlike other countries, most English subjects choose not celebrate the day dedicated to their patron saint. In fact, we are more likely to take part in a St. Patrick Day parade  marking Ireland's National Day than we are to join in a St. Georges Day celebration.

One of the best-known stories about Saint George concerns his fight with a dragon. But it is highly unlikely that he ever fought a dragon, and even less likely that he ever actually visited England at all. Despite this, St George is known throughout the world as the dragon-slaying patron saint of England.

Sadly for  most people in England St George's Day is just another ordinary working day.

1 comment:

  1. anymore one holiday rolls into the next.

    Keith hope your travels will be fun. Enjoy your brief reprieve.