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One in three Britons celebrate St Patrick’s Day more than St George’s Day

Nine in ten Britons don’t realize St George’s Day celebrates England’s patron saint – with 5% thinking St George is King of England

Nine out of ten Britons don't realize St George's Day celebrates England's patron saint
Nine out of ten Britons don’t realize St George’s Day celebrates England’s patron saint

Nine out of ten Britons don’t know St George’s Day is celebrated in memory of the death of the British patron saint.

A study of 2,000 adults found that an additional 46 percent didn’t know the date fell in April.

One in 20 people believe that St George saved England from the plague, while a similar percentage think he is the King of England.

A third of adults are more inclined to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than St George’s Day – although knowledge of the event is also limited.

The researchers found 5% thought St Patrick was an elf, while others even believed he had discovered the Guinness World Record.

One-fifth of the respondents believe he expelled snakes from Ireland, while one in six are certain that he is a fictional character from a popular Irish book.

But despite the confusion, nearly half (47%) consider themselves very patriotic – while 36% admit they use any excuse to party.







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A spokesman for Lottoland.co.uk, which carried out the research to celebrate this week’s St Patrick’s Day-themed Irish draw, said: “It’s amazing how little Brits know about history. their own or their close neighbors – but it’s funny how determined they are to celebrate it anyway.

“Although St Patrick’s Day is so popular across the UK, it’s strange to see how little Britons know about the day, aside from the fact that people usually dress in green and have some bottle of medicine Guinness record.

“There are a lot of fuzzy lines when it comes to the history of our saints in these islands as it happened thousands of years ago, but people definitely need to research the same things as St George. “

The study also found that more than half (53%) are unsure whether saints in the UK are real or fictional, with another 17% believing they are fabricated.

And almost a quarter are uncertain who is Ireland’s patron saint, although one in 20 people surveyed is Northern Irish.

Furthermore, 58% – including a fifth of Welshmen surveyed – don’t know when to celebrate St David’s day.

While 73% – more than half of them Scots – could not name the month of St Andrew’s Day.

Up to 51% don’t even know why guardian deities are celebrated, though half would love to mark the day anyway.

More than a quarter are also uncertain whether any patron saint is still alive today – although Saint David died most recently, in AD 303.

The poll, conducted through OnePoll, found that the most popular things to do on Saint Patrick’s Day are visit a pub in Ireland (34%) and drink Guinness (27%).

Others celebrated by listening to Irish music (21%) and wearing green clothes (18%).

A Lottoland spokesperson added: “It’s no surprise that so many people enjoy going to an Irish pub with a pint of Guinness to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

“No matter how little Britons may know about these important days, it’s great to see that there is still an element of patriotism that is still etched in our culture.”

Britons can bet on St Patrick’s Day Special £ / 10 million euros, which will take place on 16 March and 19 March, by visiting this.

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