You might have seen a lot of people wishing each other a happy St George’s day. But it seems like everyone, even the Prime Minister, has got the date wrong. What a mess. Would never happen on St Paddy’s day.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 23, 2019
Despite everyone celebrating by necking pints of Carling and eating fish and chips, St George’s Day does not fall on the usual date of April 23 this year, but actually April 29.
This is down to the Church rules that state in order to prevent an overlap with a major festival like Easter, if a saint’s day falls during Easter week, it is “translated” to the following week.
Matthew Salisbury, the Church of England’s national liturgy and worship adviser, said:
“St George’s Day is translated to April 29 as nothing other than a principal feast would take place during Easter week.”
Another spokesperson added: “To protect major festivals from overlapping, the saints days of St George and St Mark must be postponed.
“When St George’s Day or St Mark’s Day falls between Palm Sunday and the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, it is transferred to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter, in this case the week beginning April 29.”
So there you have it. We’ll have to wait another week to celebrate the patron saint of England.