Which of the United Kingdom's four nations has its saint's day on 23 April?
22 April 2016

Saint George is the patron saint of England. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England's national day. 

According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England and forms part of the Union Flag – the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is also the flag of the Church of England.

How do people in England celebrate Saint George's Day?

By tradition, 23 April is the day for wearing a red rose which is the  national flower of England.  But for  most people St George's Day is just another ordinary working day. More than a quarter of people living in England do not even know who their patron saint is!

Interesting facts

  • Saint George is also a patron saint of Georgia, Portugal, Catalonia, Beirut,  Montenegro and Malta to name a few! 
  • The famous English writer William Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564 and he died on the same day in 1616. #ShakespeareLives 

Read this article from The Telegraph  newspaper to find out more about England's dragon-slaying Saint. 


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