“Happy St. George’s Day!”
April 24, 2012
Question: What annual occasion takes place on April 23?
Answer: If you’re English,* you may be celebrating the feast day of famed dragon slayer, venerated martyr and national patron, St. George.
On this day, our resident Englishman designer, known to friends, local barkeeps and law enforcement as “Steve,” was kind enough to share his homeland’s tradition with the rest of us colonials at the office. Apparently, St. George’s is a feast day centered around tea and cookies. Except they call cookies “biscuits.” Isn’t that charming?
According to Steve, a St. George’s Day is properly celebrated on the following schedule:
11 a.m.: “Elevensies” tea with biscuits
3 p.m.: Afternoon tea with very small white bread sandwiches
5 p.m.: High tea with leftover biscuits, sandwiches and other fancy comestibles
6 p.m.: Adult beverages at pub
Steve would also like to point out that this is how the other 364 days of the year are generally observed.
And so, to all our friends on the blogosphere, Happy St. George’s Day!
*Actually, England is by no means the only land that recognizes this event. St. George’s Day is also celebrated in Canada, Croatia, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Macedonia. So there.