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Saint David's Day

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Transcript of Saint David's Day

National Holidays in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England
Saint David's Day
Saint David is the patron of Wales and every year on 1st of March Welsh celebrate their national day. The date was chosen to commemoration the death of Saint David who died this day about 1400 years ago. 1st March is the national holiday of Wales since XVII century.
Celebration
On this day, many Welsh people carry one or both national emblems: the daffodil or the leek. Children take part in school concerts during which they recite and sing. In many towns on Saint David's Day there is a parade through the center of the city.
The flag of Saint David (a gold cross on a black field) is often a very important part of the celebrations throughout Wales.The traditional food prepared and consumed on St. David’s Day is cawl. It is a kind of stew consisting of meat and vegetables. It usually includes Welsh lamb and leeks
Traditions
Saint David's flag
CAWL
Saint Patrick's Day
At first, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic holiday but gradually it has become popular with more and more non-Catholic people. Nowadays, it is celebrated all over the world as the day of Ireland’s culture, when everyone becomes Irish, wears green and goes out to party. It is celebrated on 17th of March because it's the day of the Patrick's death.
The Saint Patrick's Day is the day off in Ireland. The most popular tradition of this day is wearing green clothes, because it's the national color of Ireland. In many Irish cities organise festivals and street parades.
Celebrations
The main symbol of this holiday is shamrock which also is one of the symbols connected with Ireland. According to legend Saint Patrick used this plant to explain first Irish christians dogma about Holy Trinity. They can't understand how it is possible that Three Divine Persons are at the same time one God.
Tradition
Saint Andrew's Day

Saint Andrew's Day is the national holiday in Scotland. It is celebrated on 30th of November, so it's the day when people in Poland celebrate well-known "Andrzejki". Saint Andrew is the patron of Scotland so Scots organise festivals and parties where they drink and eat a lot in his honor.
The Saint Andrew's Day is celebrated with singing, dancing and feasting not only in Scotland but in every place where are Scottish communities.
Celebrations
Fragment of parade in St. Andrew's Day in Scotland
Saint George's Day
Saint George is the patron of England. He lived in the 2nd and early 3rd centuries. According to legend he save a princess from a dragon and defeat the monster. He also stood up to oppressions of christians. He was killed on 23rd April about 303rd year. This day is celebrated in England as a Saint George's Day.
Traditions
Traditional customs were to fly the Saint George's flag and wear a red rose in one's lapel.The anthem ‘Jerusalem’ was also sung during the parade on the 23rd April, or the nearest Sunday to that date, in churches across the nation.
Popularity
In the far past this holiday was well-known in England. Today for most people it is just another working day. However the popularity of this day is slowly increasing.Despite the fact that St. George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, only one in five people know that St. George’s Day falls on 23 April.
St George's flag
Red rose in lapel
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night is an English folk festival pompously celebrated on fifth of November in anniversary of Guy Fawkes' trial and failed to blow up the British Parliament (1605). The traditions of this day are: burning up the puppets of Guy Fawkes, fireworks shows and festivals. The biggest party for this anniversary takes place in England in Bridgwater.
Guy Fawkes Day
Remembrance Day
It is a holiday celebrated in Commonwealth countries on 11th of November to honor the fallen in wars soldiers. On that day at 11 o'clock people commemorate these soldiers by 2 minutes of silence (every citizen stop for a moment). This day is also known as a Poppy Day because of the tradition of wearing artificial poppies pinned to clothes as a memorial sign.
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