Happy Saint George’s Day! That’s right, April 23rd is the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England.
So how did Saint George, a third-century Roman soldier from modern-day Turkey, come to be patron saint of England? When the Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered the systematic persecution of Christians, George refused to take part and was tortured and ultimately executed in Palestine in the year 303 AD. He was later recognised as an early Christian martyr and many stories have been invented in his honor. Some of the most popular depict him clad in medieval armour, slaying a dragon and rescuing a maiden.
Centuries later when King Edward III founded the Order of the Garter in around 1348, he placed it under St George’s patronage required English soldiers to wear “a signe of Saint George” on their uniforms. It’s the image in the flag photo above.
Although Saint George’s Day is not an official national holiday in England, it’s a company wide holiday for Red Touch Media employees. Our company was founded in South Africa, headquartered in the USA but our cultural heart will always be in England.
So in honor of Saint George’s Day, we put together this English quiz. Please test your knowledge, but make it quick. There’s a 5 minute time limit to prevent people from cheating and Goolging all of their answers. This quiz has 10 questions each worth 10 points.
Although we put this quiz together just for fun, Red Touch Media employees will be competing for a $100 gift certificate. Good luck!
In honor of St. George’s Day, Red Touch Media’s employees had the day off. The catch was, they had to spend the day doing something English.
How did you celebrate St. George’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!