After reading Seany's blog
I remembered it was St.George's Day.There is no fuss made about it at all in comparison with St.Patrick's Day.
The P.C. brigade do their damnedest to mute any celebrations which is ironic.St.George was a fourth century Roman soldier from modern day Turkey or Syria,whilst St.Patrick was post Romano-British.He was taken as a slave by the Irish and later returned to them to proselytise christianity.So perhaps we should celebrate both days!!
One of the main reasons for the Irish celebrating St.Patrick's day is that catholicism formed one strand of Irish resistance to British occupation.So to celebrate the saint's day,wear green,etc...was to defy the British erosion of the Irish identity (language,religion,land ownership,etc..).Hence modern Paddy's day celebrations are noisy and enjoyable.England should celebrate St.George's day and use it to celebrate the good things about England and keep it away from political parties.Good food,music,good real ale and foster the sense of community.It should not be pushed to the margins where right-wing racist groups can use it for their own ends.
"In Islamic cultures, the figure of al-Khadr (or al-Khidr; according to the Qur'an a companion of the prophet Moses), is associated with St.George, who is also venerated under that name by Christians among mainly Muslim people, especially Palestinian people, and mainly around Jerusalem, where according to tradition he lived and often prayed near the Temple Mount, and is venerated as a protector in times of crisis. His main monument is the elongated mosque Qubbat al-Khadr ('The Dome of al-Khadr') which stands isolated from any close neighbors on the northwest corner of the Dome of the Rock terrace in Jerusalem." (Wikipedia).
He is also celebrated in Georgia, Portugal,Lithuania,etc...
So I will celebrate today with some good English ale (Cains,owned by the Dusanj brothers,Ajmail and Sudarghara),some modern folk music (The Quo) and,by cooking a Sunday roast chicken,flu and all.
Happy St.George's Day!
for the Cains information.
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