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Happy St. George’s Day – Here’s some of our favourite English Christmas traditions

The 23rd April is St. George’s Day and to celebrate this we are taking a look at some of our favourite English traditions and facts.

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The patron saint of England is St George, it is England’s National Day but unlike Scotland and Ireland this is not an official holiday. This special day is celebrated with re-enactments of St George dressed in his white tunic with a red cross slaying a dragon and saving the life of a fair maiden.

We all love a mince pie at Christmas but did you know that were made of meat, fruit and spices? Mince Pies usually had 13 ingredients which represented Christ & the Apostles and were formed into an oval, which represented the manger.


Christmas Pudding is also known as plum pudding or figgy pudding. This Christmas staple may well have its roots as far back as the Middle Ages in a wheat-based pottage known as frumenty (a dish consisting of hulled wheat boiled in milk, seasoned with cinnamon and sugar)

At Christmas time families enjoyed the heat and comfort of a crackling log fire as they decorated their homes with holly and ivy and hang a mistletoe kissing bough.


As the Christmas dinner comes to an end, brandy is poured over the Christmas pudding and set alight before being ceremoniously carried to the table. The lucky person who finds the silver charm or coin in their serving will have good fortune the next year.

On 21st April 2018 the Mayor of London’s annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square will take place and many revellers will join Pearly Kings and Queens at this free event.

Will you be joining the St George’s Day celebrations at the Mayor of London’s annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square?

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