St George’s Day

23 April

Today is St George’s Day. He is the Patron Saint of England

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Saint George however is a truly Pan-European saint.  Traditions and celebrations are associated with his life (i.e. legendary dragon-slaying) taking place across the continent of Europe.  How much do you know about Saint George and St George’s Day traditions around Europe?  Find out with our quiz, by selecting one of the 4 answers given to each question (email your answers to me for me to advise your score).

According to the stories of his martyrdom, where was Saint George executed for refusing to abandon Christianity in the year 303?
Byzantium
Nicomedia
Carthage
Elysium

Which red flower is traditionally given as a gift on St George’s Day in Barcelona?
Anthurium
Tulips
Poppies
Roses

What was Saint George’s occupation?
Tinker
Tailor
Soldier
Spy

“Saint George!” was the battle cry of which European navy in the late middle ages?
Dutch Navy
Belgian Navy
Venetian Navy
Portuguese Navy

Which two Mediterranean islands have Saint George among patron saints?
Corsica and Sardinia
Malta and Gozo
Sicily and Sardinia
Cyprus and Crete

Which English king first adopted the Saint George emblem of a red cross on a white background?
Ethelred the Unready
Henry V
Richard the Lionheart
William II

It is traditional to give your love a red flower on St George’s Day in Catalonia. What could you expect as a gift in return?
Food
Books
Something silver
Wine

Which English chivalric club, set up by Edward III, invokes Saint George?
Order of the Garter
The Star Chamber
Knights of the Royal Guelphic Order
Knights of the Royal Oak

St George’s Day is widely celebrated as one of the most important Name Days in Bulgaria. But when is it celebrated?
23 April
30 Apr
1 May
6 May

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