The 23rd April is a very busy date.
Firstly we must commemorate Mr William Shakespeare of Stratford upon Avon who died on 23rd April 1616, 400 years ago today.
Shakespeare was also born on the 23rd April 1564.
The 23rd April happens to be St George’s Day; St George is the patron saint of England, often depicted slaying a dragon to rescue the fair maiden.
“Love is a smoke made with the fumes of sighs” from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
This quote seems to tie the two together perfectly.
Royal Mail has issued 10 Shakespeare quotes as 1st class stamps. You could have issued a 100 stamps going by the popularity and love of a Shakespeare line:
“To thine own self be true…” A quote for this day of all days, and everyday thereafter.
‘The fair and the mighty, such characters enthral
Indulge all our senses, give rowdy applause
To rousing great speeches, the lines well rehearsed
The sonnets and quotes, perfect prose of sweet verse…’
From The Bard by K.Barnwell
Today is also The First Day of Passover (Pesach = Hebrew ‘to pass over’) – the freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery by the Pharaohs (rulers over the kingdom of Egypt, considered half man, half god, but not King).
Only unleavened bread called Matzo is eaten. The festival lasts 15 days.
A Great weekend to come…
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