The holiday of St. George’s Day may not be a tremendously popular holiday, but in some countries, it is still an important holiday to honor the Christian saint.
Most of us across the Pond don’t know about St. George’s Day, but it is an important cultural holiday for Britons. St. George is the patron saint of England and has been since 1350. The English flag (not the Union Jack of the UK) is a red cross over a field of white and it is called the St. George cross.
Admittedly, the holiday used to be a bit bigger from the 1500’s to the early 1800’s, but enthusiasm for the holiday has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence and revelers are starting to reengage in the feast that was long customary for the celebration of the holiday.
Well, that was the case until the multicultural warriors got involved…
The Bristol City Council banned the holiday this year as a means of coddling those who have come to England but who have refused to embrace their adoptive country and her customs.
The council said that they’re “too multicultural” to allow the festivities to take place- festivities which have occurred since 1222.
The council said that 91 different languages are spoken in the city and it would be “very difficult to commemorate them all.”
Of course, perhaps instead of commemorating all of them, the city council should focus on commemorating those which are important to Britain’s history. If someone should want to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, they should feel free to do so in their own way or otherwise travel to a place where the Islamic holiday is celebrated.
According to city council members, celebrating the holiday could be considered “racist” and they worried that the St. George cross flag could be misappropriated by far-right groups who are (not-surprisingly) upset about the militant multiculturalism that is relegating Britons to second-class citizens.
…Because nothing better illustrates that these right-wingers’ fears are so-totally unfounded like canceling an Anglo holiday to accommodate the cultural sensitivities of foreigners…
Kalphna Woolf, founder of 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which works to strengthen Bristol’s multicultural commitments, people can be frightened of the English flag.
“There was a point in the past when I’d see the St George’s Day flag flying and it would frighten me, as it had been taken over by ‘we are England’ type groups.”
Yes, God forbid that England be overrun with groups of people who believe that they should remain committed to their cultural traditions and history.
As a fun exercise, let’s all travel to Damascus and start hanging shamrocks and Guinness signs. Let’s have a raucous St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Syria and celebrate our Christian saint and let’s see just how inclusive Muslims are with regards to other religious or cultural belief systems.
If we’re not all beheaded within 4 minutes, first round will be on me…