St. George's Day
St. George's Day is the national day of England and commemoratesto honour the memory of someone or something with a ceremony
the patron sainta saint from whom a specific group claims special protection or prayers
of England, St. George. The 23rd of April is the traditionally accepted date of Saint George's death in AD 303. As Easter often falls close to St. George's Day, the church celebration of the feast may be moved from 23 April to another date.
St. George is also the patron saint of many other countries, for example of Bulgaria, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, India, Iraq, Portugal, Serbia and Russia, amongst others. All these countries observe St. George's Day, too.
In recent years the popularity of St. George's Day appears to have been gradually increasing. The day may be celebrated with anything English from Morris dancinga traditional English folk dance performed by a team of costumed dancers, who often wield sticks or handkerchiefs
to a Punch and Judy show. Traditional English foods and drink (e.g. afternoon tea) are consumed.
A traditional custom on St. George's day is to wear a red rose in one's lapeleach of the two triangular pieces of cloth on a suit which are folded back below the throat, leaving a triangular opening between
. However, this is no longer widely practised. Another custom is to fly or decorate the St. George's Cross flag in some way. Pubs in particular can be seen decorated with St. George's crosses. It is customary for the hymn "Jerusalem" to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels on St. George's Day, or on the Sunday closest to it.