On the daily commute to work, my friends and I always have some long and thoughtful debates/discussions such as the consistency of poo and Thursday was no exception... we were talking about St George's day and the statement said by one of my friends was that all people who celebrate St George's day are stupid.
The other two passengers were taken back by this broad sweeping generalisation and were arguing against him but I couldn't help but agree, to some extent. Christianity is in a declining state with few people attending church yet everyone would celebrate St George's Day but would they know the significance of the man?
A brief history of St George... a man born from a Roman father and a Palestinian mother who had never set foot in England and died as a martyr for not renouncing his faith. Well, I did say brief history! Oh, legend also has it that he once came across a pagan town sacrificing a girl to appease a dragon and he slay the monster and all the people converted.
So why do the English celebrate St George's Day when most haven't set foot in a church? How many believe that St George was in England? Or that he had a Palestinian mother? The day is to celebrate the life of a man who died for his faith... and in this modern age, many people who do this are labelled as either nutters or terrorists.
Has the meaning lost got lost in translation through the ages and they celebrate St George's character of bravery in adversity? In which case, why not change it to someone else that everyone can relate to?
Can anyone name other traditions that are carried mindlessly?