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Happy St. George’s Day

Happy St. George’s Day everyone! Are you doing anything to celebrate it?

St. George’s Day image

As a Scot, my family love St Andrew’s Day, yummy food, sometimes questionable music – haha, and most importantly time spent with family and friends. My English friends don’t seem to do much for St. George’s day, hence I thought I would extend the question out there. I’m thinking cream tea or fish and chips should become the St. George’s Day dish (unless there already is one I am unaware of).

Do you have a patron saint or equivalent, with a special day for celebrating? Does your family do anything special, or even do you eat something specific to celebrate?

I think it’s sad St. George’s day and the flag has become somewhat synonymous with right-wing groups and football hooliganism and ruined it as a day just to celebrate with family and friends. I am very sympathetic to those who would like some form of celebration but feel they can’t. Some of my family are Irish and the thought of not celebrating St. Patrick’s day is practically sacrilege – lol.

St George’s story cards.

A bit about the legend of St. George:

St George is most widely known for slaying a dragon. According to legend, the only well in the town of Silene was guarded by a dragon. In order to get water, the inhabitants of the town had to offer a human sacrifice every day to the dragon. The person to be sacrificed was chosen by lots. On the day that St George was visiting, a princess had been selected to be sacrificed. However, inevitably he killed the dragon, saved the princess and gave the people of Silene access to water. In gratitude, they converted to Christianity.

It is thought that the dragon represents a certain type of pagan belief that included the sacrifice of human beings. Possibly Drivel but who can really tell.

Source of: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/st-george-day


Included Prompt words inevitablesympathetic, and drivel.

Whatever you chose to do, I hope you all have a great weekend.

Much Love,
KL ❤

Author:

KL Caley specializes in writing fictional short stories. She recently embarked on the adventure of writing a historical fiction novel (coming soon).

5 thoughts on “Happy St. George’s Day

  1. When I was working I always wore a red rose in my buttonhole on St George’s Day and displayed a small George Cross flag on my desk. I was often asked why I was doing so!

    1. Aww, that’s a nice idea, Peter, I like that. Of all my English friends and colleagues, the only ones I am aware of that celebrate the holiday seem to be ex-forces. I hope you had a nice day regardless. KL ❤

  2. I rather think you’re falling into a stereotype KL. I’m proudly English though I’d no more wave a flag than my pants. And perhaps I might gently point you to the overtly anti English sentiments of Flowers of Scotland as an example of unpleasant nationalism masquerading as patriotism!!

    1. Do you have a drink or anything special to celebrate St. George’s? My OH is an Englishman and he never celebrates St. George’s. He equally is unlikely to wave a flag, maybe a Yorkshire rose – haha. Of all our friends the only few I know of that celebrate it seem to have been in the forces so I am unsure if it is perhaps more commonly celebrated in the forces. It’s just so strange to me, when I loved in Scotland, I worked in a chippy and would have regularly said to people “are you doing anything for St. Andrews?” during chit-chat and I would say most people would have plans of some sort. I now work for a large firm and I was so surprised at how many didn’t even realise it was St. George’s day. Oh, I know, naughty, it was only recently I realised My Bonnie lies over the ocean nursery rhyme which I learnt as a child is about bringing Bonnie Prince Charlie home – doubly naughty! KL ❤

      1. It’s difficult to say It’s a patriotic thing as I was born on 30th November and my son on 23rd April so we celebrate both!! Tea is the drink of course. Mostly though I’m more likely to wave the union flag unless it’d sport and then my cross gets its airing. We do have a lot to learn from you scots Welsh and Irish in embracing thar patriotic fervour. Its only recently that we’ve seen it being celebrated probably alongside the increased push for independence in Scotland and Wales.

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