St. George’s Day, or the Feast of St George, has already arrived. On this day, People proudly display the St George’s cross flag, sing in a chorus, and a few even take part in dancing. While others will wonder why?
Here’s what you need to know about St. George’s Day.
Who Was St. George?
St George, born around the year 280 AD, was a Christian and idolized as a saint in Christianity. Also, a soldier who fought in the Roman army and eventually became a personal guard for the Roman emperor Diocletian.
It is said, that he was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. His tomb is in the Church of Saint George in Lod, Israel.
When is St George’s Day in 2022?
Every year, people celebrate St. George’s Day on April 23. However, there are some exceptions, and The Church of England has a rule. Since Easter often falls close to Saint George’s Day, the feat will not be celebrated between Palm Sunday and the Sunday after Easter Day. Hence, the first available weekday after Easter is St George’s Day. England’s the Roman Catholic Church will celebrate St George’s Day on Tuesday, 26 April 2022.
Why Do We Celebrate This Day?
According to the popular story, the saint killed a dragon and saved a princess. According to legend, there’s only one well in Silene, a town in Libya. And the dragon guarded it. In order to get water, the people of the town had to sacrifice a human every day to the dragon. On the day, when saint visited, a princess was chosen for the sacrifice. He killed the dragon, saved the princess, and gave the people of Silene access to the well. As a sign of gratitude, they converted to Christianity.
Symbol Of The Flag
St George became a popular warrior saint during the crusades. The symbol of a red cross on a white background became the flag of St. George. The national flag of the United Kingdom is a combination of St George’s cross, St Andrew’s cross, and St Patrick’s cross.
When is St George’s Day in 2023?
Before you ask, St George Day 2023 is on Sunday, 23 April. Since Easter is on April 9 in 2023, the feast will be on its traditional date.
Quotes of St George’s Day
Benjamin Disraeli – ‘The English nation is never so great as in adversity.’
William Shakespeare – ‘This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.’
Bill Bryson – What other country.. could possibly have come up with place names like Tooting Bec and Farleigh Wallop, or a game like a cricket that goes on for three days and never seems to start?’