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Should St George’s Day and St David’s Day be National Holidays?

While St Andrew’s Day and St Patrick’s Day are national holidays in Scotland and in Northern Ireland respectively, St George’s Day in England and St David’s Day in Wales are not.

In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for St David’s Day to become a bank holiday, despite a poll revealing that 87 per cent of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday. School children used to be given a half-day holiday, and in some parts of Wales, this tradition continues.  Now, Mark Williams, the deputy leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, will speak in the House of Commons to bid for a new law allowing the Welsh government to create the new bank holiday.

The Scottish Parliament made St Andrew’s Day a national holiday almost a decade ago. Recent support for the idea of a national holiday on St George’s Day, 23rd April, has been growing and has been discussed in the Commons every year since 2006.

What are your views?  Do you think St George’s Day and St David’s should be made national holidays? Would you support this or do you think we have more than enough bank holidays already?

Should St George's Day and St David's Day be National Holidays in England and Wales?

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MorrisandDoris
9th Jul 2016
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And then when we fly the English Flag we will be called racists !
MorrisandDoris
28th Jun 2016
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Plus Independence Day in June !
nape
5th Feb 2017
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well said morris and doris can we afford both or should we have a vote on it
KeithE3
28th Apr 2016
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Yes - we're way behind Europe & others on hols
Trampas1955
17th Apr 2016
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It's Shakespeare's birthday too!
LazyCinderella
7th Apr 2016
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I live in Scotland and I've NEVER had a days holiday on St Andrews day, don't know anyone that has!
Irene88
3rd Apr 2016
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If the Scots and the Irish have days to celebrate why shouldn't the Welsh and English. I believe we should celebrate our nationality.
silverDonna
2nd Apr 2016
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I totally agree in that we should have them as public holidays AND celebrate them too. I am English and would love to see a bit more done about St George's days as well as a nod to St Patrick, St David and St Andrew. My daughter says none of these days were even mentioned in her school.
nottooold
31st Mar 2016
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As a child in Wales we always had the eisteddfod in the morning and then we went home for half day. I remember so well walking home in my Welsh costume with the snow sticking to the front of my Welsh hat and the boys playing sword fights. Note that it was not then necessary for our parents to collect us from school. we all just walked home together with no threat of abduction, etc. Happy days.

And when I went to secondary school we all attended holy communion in the morning of Ascension day, had instruction from the local vicar and then went home for half day holiday.

We must not forget the original meaning of holiday (holy day).
winky
18th Mar 2016
4
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My answer is yes, I am very strongly in favour of England/Wales having our own saint's day's. I believe we English have been ignored for far too long, example Scotland /Wales free prescriptions we pay ??
SO again get onto your local m.p.
polly2304
18th Mar 2016
2
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Yes we should celebrate St Georges day apart from the fact its my Birthday to.
tobycat
18th Mar 2016
5
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All other countries have a national holiday, also have a parade in their national dress. I have forgotten what is England's national dress?
thefilthycripple
16th Mar 2016
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It is a great pity that Silversurfers grouped the two days together !
thefilthycripple
16th Mar 2016
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St.George's day yes ! St.Davis's day no ,the Welsh miners with their strikes during WW2 were a disgrace ! ps my grandmother was Weish
Annie2406
16th Mar 2016
6
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I would love to see St. George's day as a holiday. Unfortunately, it seems that any patriotism in England is almost a criminal offence with words like xenophobic and bigot bandied around if you have the audacity to want an English identity. Do it before it's too late!! xxxxx
donkeyoti
16th Mar 2016
7
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The Americans celebrate 4th July and Thanksgiving, Australians have Australia Day, France has 14th July Bastille Day and the list goes on. Why do we not have a "national day"? Why should it not be St. George's Day? Are we scared of offending anyone? If you don't like it exercise your right to leave.
kurna
16th Mar 2016
5
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I am retired now and all days are the same. But I do believe In St George and England and we should be proud and celebrate the day
Wilf
16th Mar 2016
2
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I totally agree with you Kurna!
Derek1945
16th Mar 2016
5
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It is time that we should have an official opportunity to celebrate being English.
JohnHerb
15th Mar 2016
3
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We should definitely have a bank holiday on our national day and the end of April for England would be great and 1st March for Wales is the beginning of Spring and also would be a good day for a holiday. We should celebrate our national days like many countries around the world
Lizzie A
15th Mar 2016
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I think that there should be another bank holiday but in October/November.
Pam1960
15th Mar 2016
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Yes they should. It is time that we celebrate these days. Maybe it would inspire a bit more patriotism and passion. Besides St Davids Day is my birthday and I would like the extra day off nit sure I would get it though as I live in England
Alicia
15th Mar 2016
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NO, people get far too many days off work.
We already have eight Bank holidays a year!
JohnHerb
15th Mar 2016
2
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Yes but life is for living not working all the time. I worked for 40 years and a few more holidays make life a lot more pleasant for society as a whole
Wilf
15th Mar 2016
3
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Yes they should defiantly be National Holidays-it would give hard working people a day off and help the economy as many would want to go shopping or on leisure-have a trip to somewhere or just have a relaxing day with friends and family. Many gardeners would like it! The main point bis we should celebrate our national spirit and what better way to do it than have a 1 day holiday!

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