For the first time since the pandemic, many cities have planned parades and events to mark the occasion.
St George has been celebrated as the patron saint of England since the 14th century.
Here’s everything you need to know about St George, his battle with the dragon, and why he’s England’s patron saint.
When is Saint George’s Day?
In 2022, Saint George’s Day falls on Saturday, April 23.
Is Saint George’s Day a public holiday?
Saint George’s Day is not a public holiday in England.
There have been calls for the day to be recognized as such, in the same way that St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland, but so far that has not happened.
Although Saint George’s Day is not a public holiday in England, it is celebrated as a public holiday in the Vatican.
Who was St George?
St George is the patron saint of England and Georgia.
He was born in the 3rd century in Cappadocia, Turkey and became a high-ranking soldier in the Roman army.
After converting to Christianity, St George protested the military’s mistreatment of Christians, which led to his being sentenced to death.
His torture and execution made him a Christian martyr and St George was canonized as a saint by Pope Gelasius I.
Why is St George the patron saint of England?
St George gained popularity in England during the time of the Crusades as he symbolized Christian chivalry.
Although he never visited England, his story of selflessness and virtue spread, making him popular with English kings and knights of the time.
He was officially chosen as the patron saint of England in 1350 by King Edward III.
Did St George defeat the dragon?
The most popular story of St George depicts him vanquishing a dragon.
The story goes that he traveled to the town of Silene, Libya, to kill a dragon that was terrorizing the citizens. After witnessing his bravery, the villagers threw a big party in his honor.
This tale was meant to symbolize the battle between good and evil with the dragon representing the devil.
Will there be a St George Parade?
St George’s Day parades will once again be back in towns and villages across England after being canceled due to Covid.
Scheduled parades are expected in Manchester, Wigan, Blackpool, Nottingham and York to name a few.
In London, Trafalgar Square will feature a celebration of “all that is brilliant about England and being English”.
This will include live music from the London International Gospel Choir, Bowjangles String Quartet, hoedown collective Cut A Shine, brass band Das Brass and folk music from James Riley. There will also be a food market, Morris dancers and a knight training school.
What other countries celebrate Saint George’s Day?
The story of St George has spread around the world, with many other countries choosing to make him their patron saint or celebrating his holy day.
In the Spanish region of Catalonia he is celebrated as the patron saint and is called Sant Jordi.
St George is also the patron saint of Georgia and is celebrated twice a year. First on a public holiday on December 23 and then again on May 6.
Other countries celebrating include Croatia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Cyprus, Romania and Greece.