Morris Dancing and Office Jousting for England and St George

Posted on 23 April, 2013 by Kirsten Kennedy

Saints days have become somewhat overshadowed by everyday life for many British people, with only the largely drinking-related St Patrick’s celebrations keeping the festive annual staple alive for the majority. However, these holidays can play an important role for the country their saint represents, whether this is to allow for demonstrations of patriotism or simply to give a good excuse for a party.

This St George’s Day, there are plenty of activities that you can enjoy whilst in the office and which, more importantly, will not break the bank. Just because today is a weekday does not mean that this special day should go unnoticed!

England has many traditions which could liven up a dreary Tuesday, with an obvious example being afternoon tea. Leaving your desk for a few minutes will allow you to relax and enjoy a light snack – maybe even donate some spare change to charity in exchange for the pleasure!

For the more energetic, Morris Dancing is certain to put everyone in a good mood, largely thanks to the hilarity that generally ensues. Bringing in a local group or an instructor is reasonably cheap and will allow colleagues to return to their desks with a smile on their faces. Exercise is also useful in stimulating the mind, which could greatly improve output for the day.

Yet dancing is not for everyone, and tracking down enough bells to adorn your entire workforce could prove difficult. This is where taking inspiration from the past can come in useful, as England is known across the world for stories of knights, kings and courts.

Office jousting is a great deal less painful than the equine equivalent, which will be a blessed relief to participants. All that is required is two standard office chairs, a length of rope and a flag. The “knights” face each other at opposite ends of the rope, and upon the signal speed down opposite sides to catch the flag in the middle. Dividing into teams and holding a lunch hour tournament is just the thing to blow away the cobwebs!

Above all, it is important to remember that the saints stand for honour and pride in your country. Whether you decide to demonstrate your chivalry by presenting female staff with red roses, or your courage by gallantly saving your colleagues from an invading wasp, enjoy a feeling of patriotism all the while and, on this day, be proud to be English.

Let us know how you and your place of work are celebrating St George’s Day in the comments section below!

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