Friday, April 24, 2009

St George

Did you remember that it was St George’s day yesterday?

St George or San Jorge as he is known here is Spain was, according to tradition, a Roman soldier in the Guard of Diocletian, who is venerated as a Christian martyr.

Saint George is the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Bteghrine, Cáceres, Spain, Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Pomorie, Qormi, Lod, and Moscow, as well as a wide range of professions, organizations, and disease sufferers.imageimage

Although the day is now largely ignored in England, in Alcoy,where he is the patron saint, they have a special procession for him.

The only time he seems to get mentioned in England is when people put up his flag to spur the national football team on.

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