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St. David’s Day

St. David’s Day

The United Kingdom is known for its rich glory and cultural heritage. England is one of the countries that is the part of the UK. The county is one the most famous tourist places in the world, experiencing the visitors from all around the world. It is a country of celebration and joy, here you can find festivities all around the year. For the business travellers the country has also proved to be a very profitable destination, as it one of the major business centres in the world. London is the most important city of the country and is also its capital. The monuments and historical buildings of the city are built in true British style give the glimpse of the ancient glory of the Great Britain when it ruled around half of the world. For the shopaholics, London has proved to be a heavenly place, as it features with stores of all the high class brands and is also one of the most fashionable cities in the world.

Visiting London can be a marvellous tourism experience for you as there are a number of parks, historical monuments, art galleries and museums to visit. You can hop around the local streets and explore the markets in the evening and then relish the traditional food offered in the restaurants of the city. There are many hotels near Hogarth Road, where you can stay at the hotels here offer high quality accommodation services with all the modern facilities. You can go for the Kensington Guide in which you can explore the tourist places in the Kensington and admire the beauty of the nature in the Kensington Gardens. In the Buckingham Palace Guide you can explore the ancient and royal Buckingham Palace and witness the history of the city. National Days are not celebrated in the whole UK but have their own significance.

St. David’s Day
It is the national day of Wales and is celebrated on 1st March. It is celebrated in the honour of Saint David who was the patron saint of Wales. First day of March was chosen for it to remember the death of Saint David, who lived in the 6th Century and was a Celtic monk, bishop and abbot. He was the one who spread Christianity across the Wales. It is said that when he preached the crowd the ground is said to have risen up so that all the people have a clear view. Daffodils and Leeks are the national emblems of Wales and St. David’s Day is celebrated by wearing daffodils and leeks.

The leek has its own importance in the history of Wales, which made it as a national emblem. It is believed that during the battle with the Saxons, St. David advised the Welsh to wear leeks on their caps in order to distinguish friends from the enemies. In Henry V, Shakespeare also mentioned that Welsh archers adorned the leeks during the battle of Agincourt in 1415.

St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrated on 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day is the national day of Northern Ireland. The day is celebrated in order to honour Saint Patrick who was the patron saint of the country. Saint Patrick was a patron saint who was responsible for spreading Christianity in Ireland. Born in 385 AD, St. Patrick was taken off by the pirates and served six years as a slave before escaping. After escaping from slavery, he was trained as a missionary. The patron saint died on 17th March 461 AD and from then this day is celebrated as the St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrock, which is clover like plant is the national emblem of Ireland because St. Patrick used the three leaves of the plant to explain how the Trinity of Son, Father and Holy can exist as different parts of a same person. This day is celebrated with great joy and excitement in Ireland, there are traditional parades in the cities. On this day the whole Ireland will be green as all the people of the country will wear green. Guinness is drunk on this day, which is the traditional drink of Ireland. If you happen to be in Ireland in March, St. Patrick’s Day can be a perfect occasion to witness the traditional glory of the country.

St. George’s Day
23rd April is celebrated as St. George’s Day in England in the honour in Saint George, who was the patron saint of England. A story back from the 6th Century AD narrates that a maiden was rescued by St. George from a fire breathing dragon. During Hundred Years War (1338-1453) English Knights who fought under the red cross banner shouted the Saint’s name for motivation. Red rose is the national flower and the national emblem of England. The flower was adopted as the national emblem from the time of the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) which were civil wars fought between the Royal house of Lancaster, whose emblem was a red rose and the Royal house of York whose emblem was a white rose.

St. Andrew’s Day
Celebrated 30th November, St. Andrew’s Day is the national day in Scotland. This day is celebrated in order to honour St. Andrew, who was the patron saint of Scotland. He was among the twelve apostles of Christ. Some of his bones were carried to now called St. Andrews fife in the 4th Century. Thistle is the national flower and the national emblem of Scotland. This prickly leaved flower was first used as a symbol of defence in the 15th Century.

Get a glimpse of old traditions on national days
All these days are celebrated in a traditional manner in the respective countries. Religious rituals are performed, which are followed by traditional dance and eating of the traditional foods. These days can be a great occasion to witness the traditional glory of the country.

There are plenty of hotels in London in which you can lodge and enjoy all the celebrations taking place all around. The hotels here are equipped with all the modern amenities and services and are known for their hospitality and amazing services. To know more, visit http://www.parkgrandkensington.co.uk

Summary
National days are celebrated in the UK to remember the patron saints of the country and to revive the old tradition and culture of the country.

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