St George’s Day


SEVERAL nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint celebrate on April 23, which is this Saturday. St George is famous for ‘slaying’ a dragon to save a princess, according to legend. In Spain the old kingdoms and counties of the Crown of Aragon, Catalonia and Valencia celebrate this day.

In Calatonia this day is also known as the Day of the Rose or the Day of the Book and is celebrated in a similar manner to Valentines Day with some unique twists; while men gave women roses, women would give men a book according to the saying ‘a rose for love and a book forever’.


Other countries that celebrate include England, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Macedonia.




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