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Petition to make St Georges a NATIONAL HOLIDAY

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Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw

Petition to make St Georges a NATIONAL HOLIDAY

We as a nation celebrate many cultures, though we do not have the opportunity to celebrate our own heritage. The debate that ‘St George’s day should be a national holiday’ has circulated for years. However in a society of political correctness and diversity, I believe it is crucial that we have one day a year to hang our flag high and celebrate what it is to be English.

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https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119457

If you believe that St George’s day should become a national holiday, then please sign the petition within.

Who was St George?

Not much is known about St George, except that he wasn’t an Englishman. Historians believe he was born in Cappadocia, a part of modern Turkey, into a noble Christian family in the third century, and followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the Roman army, the BBC says. Tradition suggests that when Emperor Diocletian ordered the systematic persecution of Christians, George refused to take part and was tortured and ultimately executed in Palestine. His method of torture “apparently included laceration of wheel of swords before he was eventually decapitated”, The Independent says, but before he was killed he donated all of his wealth to the poor. George was later recognised as an early Christian martyr. The legend of St George, clad in armour, slaying a dragon and rescuing a maiden, was a medieval invention.

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