It’s April 23rd and it’s St. George’s Day – our National Day – we all hope you all have a great day and celebrate in whichever way you see fit – hopefully with Wigan Athletic gaining three points from our game in the North East. Should it be a bank holiday? should it be celebrated more? I think it should.
St. George’s Day is on our calendars, it is recognised as a Patron Saint Day and it is wanted as a Bank Holiday by millions of us. But today when we go out, except for the mention in the national rags, it is unlikely that a pub near you will make any particular effort to make a night out of it and will leave us to our own devices.
Other countries all over Europe celebrate their patron saint days, like Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland! This day is celebrated not only in Ireland but all over the UK and even as further afield as the USA, the pubs have daft green hats and English having their annual pint of Guiness. How many pubs will be having special St. George’s Day themes with daft St. George’s Cross hats being given out left right and centre?
In fact St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated more in England than St George’s Day, but why is this?
Are we less patriotic than the Irish, or do we just not make the effort that they do?
We fall a long way behind Europe when it comes to Bank Holidays, a Bank Holiday on Saint Georges Day would be a great opportunity for all English (regardless of colour or religion) to recognise what binds us together.
To add your voice to the ongoing campaign to make St. George’s Day great, see these sites and add your voice:
Personally I will be in the pub having a drink tonight, before getting down to London on Saturday…..
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