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St George’s Day


St George of Lydda

Today is St George’s Day in England, where it is still 23 April.

Back in 1222 the Synod of Oxford declared St George’s Day a major feast day. For many centuries St George’s Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century. However, this tradition had waned by the end of the 18th century after the union of England and Scotland ( Wikipedia)

Something else we can blame the Scots for (Joke)

The poem below is by Sir Henry Newbolt


Who under those all- shattering skies
Plays out his captain's part 

With the last darkness in his eyes
And Domum in his heart ? 

Let be, let be I in yonder line
All names are burned away. 

Land of his love I the fame be thine,
It is St. George's Day. 
One Comment
  1. showmethetaxcut permalink
    25/04/2010 18:54

    Being English, you might be pleased to know that St George’s Day was observed by several Englishmen and New Zealanders taking lunch at Diva Cafe and Bar in Havelock North on Friday and reciting and discussing the depth and breadth of the man’s acclaim to fame.


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