Trident Marketing has been celebrating St George’s Day as an additional bank holiday for over ten years. We are pleased to announce that we are continuing our tradition even in these unprecedented times and our offices will be closed on Thursday 23rd April.
Some interesting facts you may not know about our Patron Saint St George:
1. St George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England and was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century.
2. Edward III made St George both the patron Saint of England and the protector of the Royal family when he founded England’s order of knights (Order of the Garter) in 1350.
3. St. George wasn’t English. He was born in Cappadocia, part of modern-day Turkey and was a Roman Soldier. It is questioned whether he ever set foot on English soil.
4. St. George was adopted in England because the story in The Golden Legend, about his slaying of a dragon, was similar to an Anglo-Saxon legend.
5. Many other countries celebrate Saint George’s Day, including Bosnia, Croatia, Canada, Bulgaria, Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. Some cities also enjoy the feast day, such as Genoa in Italy, Beirut in Lebanon, Qormi and Victoria in Malta, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and many more.
6. Saint George’s Day is not always celebrated on the same day. Canada and England will celebrate the event on the 23rd of April every year; while Hungary and the Czech Republic will celebrate the day on the 24th April.
7. St George was put to death on the 23rd of April 303 for refusing to give up Christianity.
8. Traditional St George’s Day customs include flying the St George’s flag and wearing a red rose on one’s lapel. The hymn ‘Jerusalem’ should also be sung in church on 23rd April, or the nearest Sunday to the date.