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St George’s Day

Begins
2019-04-23 00:00:00
Ends
2019-04-23 23:59:59


Saint George was born in Turkey to a Turkish father and Palestinian mother. A Christian martyr, St George represents traditional English chivalry and bravery, even though he wasn't English, and probably never set foot in this green and pleasant land.

St George's Day in England remembers St George, England's patron saint. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England's national day. Legend has it that St George slayed a dragon and saved a princess when he was a soldier in the Roman army.

In 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England.

It grew to become a really big deal (almost as big as Christmas) until the 18th century when celebrations waned after England united with Scotland in 1707.