Happy St. George's Day

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 22 Apr, 2016

Bits and bobs

Today is St. George's Day, England's national day.

St. George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag.
St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in what is now Eastern Turkey. He moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of Tribunus Militum.
He later resigned his military post and protested against Emperor Diocletian (245-313 AD), who led Rome’s persecution of Christians which resulted in his imprisonment and torture.
St George was dragged through the streets of Nicomedia, Turkey, on the 23rd of April 303 AD and beheaded as he did not repent and abandoned his faith.
The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by his bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently executed for her faith.

It was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England and not until 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England.
After the union with Scotland at the end of the 18th Century, the tradition diminished and since has not been widely acknowledged and is no longer a national holiday.

I think it is important to celebrate and remember what makes us unique so we can understand and respect each other better, and then look for our similarities as human beings, strong in our own individuality.

Have a great day: Happy St. George's Day :-)

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