The feast of Saint George is a celebration and memorial of the death of Saint George. It is traditionally held on the 23rd of April each year, but the date is sometimes moved if Easter falls on a day close so that the two celebrations don’t interfere with one another.
Celebrating this day in England is easy. There are not quite as many festivities ongoing these days, but a few places still keep the tradition alive, including Salisbury with their St. George’s Day pageant.
A day or two in Salisbury
One thing I really appreciate about Salisbury is the wide range of affordable places to spend the night. A real favourite, which was recommended by a friend, is the Legacy Rose and Crown located just on the south side of the city. This places you within easy reach of the famous Salisbury Cathedral, so you don’t have any excuses for missing a visit to this fantastic and famous cathedral.
The city puts on an amazing festival for St. George’s Day with everything from wandering minstrels, jousting knights and even dragons…well people in dragon costumes. You can enjoy the traditional Morris dancers, marching bands and even sample some medieval foods. You really can’t get more traditional than St. Georges Day in April!
Shake off the winter blues
Does this time of the year bum you out? Of course winter seemed to be longer than usual this year but “hey” we have something to look forward to. Why am I saying this? I’m saying this because St. George’s Day is just around the corner and that means that spring is looming. The history of St. George’s Day is highly connected with the arrival of spring that in fact there is a concentration of omens that are fixed to specific days on the calendar.
What I actually like the most about St. George’s Day besides the fact that it’s held in spring is that, you get to learn a lot about different cultures and their beliefs. It is also an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Who in this world wouldn’t want to jump on such an opportunity? Then you’d better brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime.