According to legend, Saint George slayed a dragon and saved a town from its fiery clutches.
How is it celebrated in England?
St George’s Day isn’t an English bank holiday, but people mark it by flying flags with the image of St George's cross outside their homes and in pubs.
It is in this light that Brexiteers have been lightly dragged over recent years - given that, as history suggests, Saint George was not even English. Or British.
The irony of those clamouring for #Brexit festooning their homes with flags of a saint who was Greek or possibly Pa… https://t.co/lf0QxbhOpH
— Baroness Narky of Fife🇪🇺🏴💙 (@Baroness Narky of Fife🇪🇺🏴💙)
In fact, there are several reasons Saint George would probably despise the current state of England, and the often problematic undertones of celebrations on April 23.
1. Saint George is actually a symbol of multiculturalism
A large body of historians believe George was born in Turkey to Greek-speaking parents (this is why he is also celebrated as a patron in Greece). Though Greek-speaking, his mother and father were from Cappadocia in central Turkey and Palestine respectively. George served in the army of an Italian city-state and ultimately died living in modern-day Palestine.
That's about as multicultural as it gets.
Happy #StGeorgesDay everyone. A great opportunity to celebrate the successes of a multicultural England and its… https://t.co/Mveawrd3IY
When Saint George was alive, the Roman Empire worshipped a variety of pagan gods. George spread his foreign, Middle-Eastern derived religion to Western civilisation - Christianity. In fact, he was so persuasive that he reportedly convinced Empress Alexandra of Rome to adopt Christianity – which spread throughout the empire until it was officially adopted.
4. And he was prosecuted for them
George was persecuted and disriminated against for his new religion, as were many others during the Roma era.
5. He's the patron saint of lots of places across Europe
Saint George isn’t just the patron saint of England: He’s the patron saint of Bulgaria, Palestine, Ethiopia, Greece, Lithuania and Georgia.
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