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St George's Day

St George's Day

 

Saint George is one of the most respected military saints in Christianity. He was a member of the Praetorian Guard under the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

In 303 AD he faced a death sentence for refusing to recant his Christian faith. This professional soldier of Greek origin became a famous martyr. He has been heralded through the legend of Saint George and the Dragon.

Saint George is the patron saint of England in a tradition which began during the Tudor period. This was due to the saint's popularity during the times of the crusades and the Hundred Years' War.

He is also the patron saint for a variety of Christian churches, regions and countries. These include:

  • Aragon
  • Catalonia
  • Georgia
  • Lithuania
  • Palestine
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Moscow
  • Istanbul
  • Genoa
  • Venice (second to Saint Mark).

Saint George's Day is also called the Feast of Saint George. It is normally celebrated on 23 April.

Fun fact: William Shakespeare's birthday is also celebrated on St George's Day.

Our programme of free events

After two years of restrictions the council hosted the much loved St George’s Day Tea Dance. Many Tower Hamlets Over 50s residents enjoyed dancing the afternoon away.

The great music along with the beautiful setting of the Ecology Pavilion put a spring in everyone’s step. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.

Families and children had access to a host of online resources for things to make, do and learn at home to celebrate St George’s Day!  There are several activities that remain on offer at the virtual Museum of London. 

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