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Old 2009-04-23, 09:02   Link #1
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Smile Happy St George's Day! ^__^

It's The Patron Saint Of England's Day Today! Rule Britannia! ^__^



To All Of My Fellow British AS Members, I Hope You Have A Good One! ^__^
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Old 2009-04-23, 13:01   Link #2
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Happy girls day in germany.

Girls day is one day in year, when girls(age between 15 - 18) do a work practise on a typical guys job, like mechanic, engineer, pilot, etc.
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Old 2009-04-23, 18:57   Link #3
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Happy St. George's Day to you Kimmy and Happy girls day to you Solafighter
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Old 2009-04-23, 22:29   Link #4
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I fall into the UK 9% minority who don't really care much for this event to be honest.

Out of the British Isles, it's also the region that has less media exposure or even global exposure (compared to Scotland, Wales or Ireland)

There are tooooons of political issues spawn as a result of this, one of which sadly is the influence of small extreme nationalist parties who blame the 9% (us ethnic minorities) within England for 'eradicating' this holiday since other cultural festivals such as Ramadan, Chinese new year or Dwali get more exposure and money invested by local councils.

Thing is.... they're kinda right, but I wouldn't be so quick to blame 'us' for it; ethnic minorities aren't limited to just England, but it is the least "cared about" patron saint out of the four.

Well I'm a Londoner, so it's a seperate world from the "Shires" of England. Countryside wise, they probably reserve this a lot more than us city slickers.

In my eyes from the start, Ireland, Scotland and Wales just always have had more 'culture' than England anyways.

PS: Kimmy, I know some Scottish and Welsh peeps offline who'd be offended that you're calling an English holiday a British one, esp when they all have their own patron saints, lol.
But for Asuki since we're a gross minoirity as a nationality on here, tossing us all together should be fine
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Old 2009-04-24, 00:40   Link #5
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Happy St George's Day and happy girls day to everyone^^(I wish girls day was everyday )
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Old 2009-04-24, 14:44   Link #6
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Not sure what sort of event it is but..

All Hail Brittania!
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Old 2009-04-24, 16:07   Link #7
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Hope you had a good and happy Girl's Day celebration where you are yesterday Sola

As for my St George's Day, it was an ok one, I enjoyed it personally

A few people's houses round where I live were flying the England flag out of their windows, which was good enough for me
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Old 2009-04-24, 16:30   Link #8
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KimmyChan, did you go and sing "Jerusalem" on Georgemas .

It has been a few years since I was last in Britain, but I seem to recall that someone in Parliament was trying to get the day turned into a public holiday. Has that occured yet?
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Old 2009-04-24, 16:30   Link #9
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Hope you had a good and happy Girl's Day celebration where you are yesterday Sola
Nobody celebrates this day. Its a usual weekday, with the only different of this special action, i explained on the upper post.
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Old 2009-04-24, 18:39   Link #10
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happy saint george day...
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Old 2009-04-24, 18:43   Link #11
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St George's Day?
Who was St George? O.

Dunno this day.............
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Old 2009-04-24, 19:06   Link #12
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What are patron saints?

Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over all areas of life.
Traditionally people see them as symbols of how to live a better life.
You can have patron saints of all sorts of things, like jobs, organisations and animals.

For example St Francis of Assisi loved nature and wildlife so he was made the patron saint of animals.
But nations can have patron saints too.

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales each has their own national day named after their patron saint.

St George: England
England's patron saint is St George, a famous dragon-slayer.
It is celebrated on 23 April and represented by a rose.
English people remember St George by taking part in music festivals and medieval dragon-fighting tournaments.

St Patrick: Ireland
St David: Wales
St Andrew: Scotland

Feel free to look up wiki for a more detailed explaination. These examples are taken from the CBBC (childrens) news website.
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It has been a few years since I was last in Britain, but I seem to recall that someone in Parliament was trying to get the day turned into a public holiday. Has that occured yet?
Nope, none of the patron days are public holidays (methinks). For all the political outcry and PM Brown going "we should be more like Americans" in terms of patroism - to have (yet another) day off around this time may help with the exposure and mass celebrating around England.
That or go by the stereotype of English peeps and alcohol, but I believe the Irish have us beat with that with St Patty's day. Even in America (I was in LA at the time) it seems to be taken a little more seriously with the green and booze than back home. O.o
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Old 2009-04-24, 23:43   Link #13
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Nope, none of the patron days are public holidays (methinks).
Apologies for nit-picking, but St. Andrew's day has been a 'semi-public holiday' since 2007. Employers can choose whether to:
  1. Allow their staff to have the day off,
  2. Allow them the day off but remove a day from their total number of days off per year, or
  3. Not have the day off at all.

St. Patrick's day is a public holiday in Northern Ireland.
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Old 2009-04-25, 03:57   Link #14
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KimmyChan, did you go and sing "Jerusalem" on Georgemas .

It has been a few years since I was last in Britain, but I seem to recall that someone in Parliament was trying to get the day turned into a public holiday. Has that occured yet?
There was something on the news again about it on the day itself, and it's all still undecided yet
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Old 2009-04-25, 05:20   Link #15
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Happy girls day in germany.

Girls day is one day in year, when girls(age between 15 - 18) do a work practise on a typical guys job, like mechanic, engineer, pilot, etc.
Girls day? Do you live in the same Germany as me?
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Old 2009-04-25, 11:22   Link #16
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Girls day? Do you live in the same Germany as me?
You didn't know? *click*
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Old 2009-04-25, 11:37   Link #17
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You didn't know? *click*
Never heard about that.

I am ashamed. Sorry, girls
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