St. George's Day Date in the current year: April 23, 2016

St. George's Day April 23 is St. George's Day, that is celebrated in various Christian churches and countries, where Saint George is considered as the patron saint. The date when St. George had died in 303 AD became the traditional day for celebration of the feast day.

St. George's Day is celebrated by number of nations, countries, kingdoms and cities. The major feasts are organized in England, Spain (Catalonia) and Canada (Newfoundland), where St. George is the patron saint. As far as Easter often falls close to St. George's Day, the celebration of the latter may be moved from April 23.

St. George's Day is observed by different traditions. In Catalonia, where the feast is known as La Diada de Sant Jordi, a rose and a book a traditional gifts to a loved one. In England St. George's Day is ranked higher than in other certain regions.

Roses had become closely associated with the feast since the Medieval Age, but the books became popular as the present only in 1923, when the holiday was connected to the day when William Shakespeare (according to the Julian calendar) and Miguel de Cervantes (according to the Gregorian calendar) died.

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