by Anna Sugden
*Actually, I’m a day early.
Still, as this is my day to blog and I am English *g*, I’m making it a special celebration for tomorrow’s official St George’s Day.
I’m sure you all know that St George is the patron saint of England and have heard one of the many versions of the tale about him and the dragon.
Some of you will be surprised to know that the flag which represents England is not the Union Jack, but the flag of St George. The Union Jack is the flag of the United Kingdom – each of the countries within, have their own flag.
In recent years, the flag of St George has grown in popularity and you’ll often see it associated with sporting events or occasions of national pride.
Also, did you know that while we sing God Save the Queen as our National Anthem, that too is for the United Kingdom. When we want to sing the anthem for England, we sing the rousing hymn Jerusalem.
As for England’s national dish, many would say it is either fish & chips or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding … I’m happy with either choice *g*, though I’d be happy with a Devonshire cream tea too!
And, of course, our national flower is the rose, the national animal is the lion (because we have so many of those roaming our fields!) and I think the national bird is the robin.
So, in honour of St George’s Day, here is a Quick Five about where you live:
1. Does your state (for state, you can have province, region or country if that suits better) have a flag and what does it look like?
2. Does your state have a hymn or song?
3. What is your state’s flower?
4. What is your state’s signature dish?
5. Does your state have a bird and/or animal to represent it?
What’s more, I’ll throw in some Cadbury’s for one lucky commenter!