St George's Day

Started by: PeterP (9504)

Today is St Georges Day flicked through one of the papers No mention of it The other three nations celebrate their patron saint and have a Bank Holiday to boot. Are we not bothered or do any pubs deck their rooms with red and white flags etc

Started: 23rd Apr 2022 at 09:15

Posted by: admin (1257)

However the end of RAMADAN was in all the papers and on the news. Says it all

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 09:39

Posted by: Stardelta (10086)

No one was really bothered about St Patricks day either until one of the worlds largest brewers of stout started using it as a marketing tool.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 09:42

Posted by: roylew (3619)

Are we bovvered..doesn’t look like it

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 09:45

Posted by: tonker (25559) 

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 10:05

Posted by: tomplum (9416) 

I will be celebrating the day Peter with a couple of English Carling beers tonight,

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 12:00

Posted by: wigvet (3496)

For me we're less inclined to celebrate our ‘national day’ in the way in which the Irish, Welsh and Scots celebrate theirs as we have never been oppressed in the way that they all were; mostly by the English I hasten to add. Neither do we feel that another country is dominating us and therefore feel the need to be fiercely protective of our heritage and language.

And of course we don’t have a thick black stout brewery or a whiskey distillery marketing the day for us.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 12:06
Last edited by wigvet: 23rd Apr 2022 at 12:10:29

Posted by: Platty (1492)

Tonks: I notice the horse is white. That says it all. I notice on the ads these days, it's the whites doing the delivering and service.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 12:32

Posted by: sonlyme (3176)

plenty st george flags in hogarths in preston this morning and a barbie for this afternoon.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 12:50

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (10207)

They are a having a big St Georges day doo, in London LINK

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 13:20

Posted by: jathbee (11368)

There is a walk In Wigan tomorrow in honour of St. George's day. Starts at 11.00 am.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 14:44

Posted by: tonker (25559) 

Over in Spain they celebrate St. George (Sant Jordi) in style. Big festivals take place in many towns and the one in Montblanc lasts all week. Human Pyramids, Fires, Fireworks, Jousting, Falconry, Roast Boar, Y Mucho Vino Negro!

So, they're having 'a walk' in Wigan, eh.?

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 15:46

Posted by: broady (18317) 

Why do they celebrate St.George’s Day in Spain? St. James the Great is their Patron Saint.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 16:03
Last edited by broady: 23rd Apr 2022 at 16:04:39

Posted by: First Mate (825)

Posted by: broady (17958) View broady's page
Why do they celebrate St.George’s Day in Spain?

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 16:03

In Spain, Saint George also came to be considered as the patron saint of the medieval Crown of Aragon, the territory of four current autonomous communities of Spain: Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. Nowadays Saint George is the saint patron of both Aragon and Catalonia, as well as the saint patron of historically important Spanish towns such as Cáceres or Alcoi (Spanish language: San Jorge, Catalan language: Sant Jordi, Aragonese language: San Chorche).[18]

His feast date, April 23, is one of the most important holidays in Catalonia, where it is traditional to give a present to the loved one; red roses for women and books for men. In Aragon it is a public holiday, celebrated as the 'National Day of Aragon'. It is also a public holiday in Castile and Leon, where the day commemorates the defeat at the Revolt of the Comuneros.


Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 16:08

Posted by: broady (18317) 

Cheers. We learn something every day.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 16:32

Posted by: tonker (25559) 

I can see one of his castles from my side window!

Miravet Castle!

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 16:44

Posted by: broady (18317) 

Cheers Tonker. If that’s your garden you need to get Tomplum to pedal his way over there and get it sorted.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:06

Posted by: tonker (25559) 

I asked him to come plumbing, but he said ..... "I'm Retired"! (He wouldn't stand the pace!)

Mind you, one of my houses needs a garden clearout if he's availing himself?

PS - the regular reply is "Spain? Ace! I'd do that, but she'll not let me"!!

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:12
Last edited by tonker: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:15:01

Posted by: Platty (1492)

So Tonks, what have you bought your loved one and what book has your other half bought you?

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:18

Posted by: tonker (25559) 

God help me if the wife finds out!

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:20

Posted by: tomplum (9416) 

Message for Mr Tonker,

Te haré señor jardín translation, " I'll do thee garden mister"

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:21
Last edited by tomplum: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:32:34

Posted by: Platty (1492)

Yes, I would think giving your loved one and not your wife would end up needing help if she found out.

Replied: 23rd Apr 2022 at 17:23

Posted by: kathpressey (5485) 

Scouts and Guides always walk on the nearest Sunday to St George's day.

Replied: 24th Apr 2022 at 08:43

Posted by: whups (8821) 

isnt he turkish ? .

Replied: 25th Apr 2022 at 12:18

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4969) 

The English i am afraid to say "Don't give a flying Fig " about ST.George's Day , now if it were a public holiday which i believe it should be ,then i think people would take to it more . Like has been said the other nation's go wild about theirs ,for me i do think it should be a bank holiday ,instead we have to wait donkey's years for some one in a Castle in Windsor for us to have one ???? GB

Replied: 25th Apr 2022 at 15:04

Posted by: whups (8821) 

but isnt he 1 of those people you dont want here alan ? .

Replied: 25th Apr 2022 at 15:06

Posted by: ena malcup (1541) 

But you only have St George because a king decreed it to be so!

Replied: 25th Apr 2022 at 15:32

Posted by: jathbee (11368)

Just read a little more about him.
He wasn't even knight. According to Mr. Wikki. He was in the Roman army and never even set foot in England.
He was martyred for his Christian faith, beheaded. And King Edward 111 declared him the patron Saint of England. . The dragon represents the fight between good and evil.

St George was canonised in AD 494 by Pope Gelasius, who claimed he was one of those 'whose names are justly revered among men but whose acts are known only to God'. A feast day of St George has been celebrated in England for hundreds of years on 23 April, which was possibly the date of his martyrdom.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 11:16
Last edited by jathbee: 27th Apr 2022 at 11:50:33

Posted by: broady (18317) 

St. Patrick wasn’t Irish either. He was either Welsh or Scottish depending what you read. From memory I think his parents were Roman.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 12:54

Posted by: ena malcup (1541) 

The Northern part of our island, then called Caledonia, was inhabited by Picts. The Scots (Scotti) were then still in Hibernia (as Ireland was then called).

They had not yet crossed to our island, and mixed with Picts and Viking and other Norse to create what we now call Scots.

So, paradoxically, if he were a Scot, then he would be Irish.

Replied: 27th Apr 2022 at 13:30


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