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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

St George's Day is celebrated by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. St George's Day is also England's National Day.

Most countries which observe St George's Day celebrate it on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George's death in 303 AD.
St George's Day was a major feast and national holiday in England on a par with Christmas from the early 15th century. However, this tradition had waned by the end of the 18th century after the union of England and Scotland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_G…'s_Day

New appointments to the Order of the Garter are always announced on St George's Day, 23 April, Saint George being the patron saint of England. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gart…

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

In many 17th century diaries you won't find them documented the way Pepys does it: by date. Many say "St. George's Day 1667" ... everyone knew when that was by what services were held at church.

That explains why this quotation doesn't give dates ... St. Martin's Day is November 11:

'In April about St. George his day, you shall set abroad your citron and orange trees, as also such other trees as you had kept within house from St. Martin's Day.' -- Richard Surflet, 1600

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