If you didn?t already know, today is St. George?s Day, the patron saint of England We don?t seem to get a huge amount to celebrate about in this country and I for one believe that we should make a little more of this day.
I?m not talking about putting on your England football shirt, having a few cans of Stella, and screaming out Rule Brittania which sadly is the most patriotic a lot of people get up to, but something a bit more substantial.
The main thing is to not let this get pounced on by far-right political groups such as BNP or the National Front, who equate being English with being white. Currently the fact that we don?t celebrate St. George?s Day is actually used as ammunition by these groups who refer to ?political correctness gone mad? and over zealous councils wary of offending minorities as one of the main reasons why we don?t celebrate the day.
Should we celebrate this day? Yes. How do we do this? Not too sure.
Should it be that image of the Coronation with street partys and neighbourhoods getting together for a celebration? Should it be morris dancers and maypoles? Should it encompass what it means to live in England today and involve everyone no matter what their faith or background?
Is any of this possible? What are your views on making St. George?s Day a national holiday and how would you celebrate it?