Labour Party mocked for wishing people Happy St George's Day on wrong date

Harriet Brewis

The Labour Party has been mocked on social media for wishing the public a Happy St George’s day, on the wrong date.

On Monday, the party tweeted from its official account: “Happy St George’s Day!

"With the next Labour government, we’ll celebrate the patron saint with a bank holiday – and bank holidays for St Patrick, St David and St Andrew too.

“Sound good? Share the news.”

Twitter users were quick to note St George’s Day 2019 as falling on Tuesday, April 23, with one commenting: “The Labour Party has tweeted Happy St George’s Day on the wrong day. And they want to run the country!”

The party’s tweet was swiftly deleted.

Despite the embarrassment, Labour took to Twitter again on Tuesday and posted an identical message. But users hadn’t forgotten the blunder.

“So keen to get this message out you were a day early!!!!” wrote one.

While another added: “It's like déjà vu all over again”.

The party may be forced into yet another deletion following the revelation that, in fact, everyone was "liturgically" wrong.

Although St George’s Day is normally celebrated on April 23, this year’s will technically take place on Monday, April 29, according to Church of England representatives.

A spokesman for the Church told the Standard: "There are specific common worship rules that apply here.

"To protect major festivals from overlapping, the saints days of St George and St Mark must be postponed.

"When St George’s Day or St Mark’s Day falls between Palm Sunday and the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, it is transferred to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter, in this case the week beginning April 29. If both fall in this period, St George’s Day is transferred to the Monday and St Mark’s Day to the Tuesday."

The official Twitter page of Westminster Abbey confirmed it would honour the worship rules and observe St George's Day on April 29.

It is believed that most celebrations planned for the usual date will take place as scheduled.

Last year, Jeremy Corbyn announced Labour plans to introduce four new bank holidays in celebration of the UK’s four national patron saints: St George for England, St Patrick for Ireland, St David for Wales and St Andrew for Scotland. The dates are currently not recognised as national holidays.

The party’s celebratory St George’s tweet follows another Twitter blunder made just days earlier.

Labour posted a message wishing Jewish followers a “Happy Passover” accompanied by images of the star of David, a cup of wine and a loaf of bread.

Leavened bread is forbidden during the religious holiday.

One amused user responded: “Got to laugh. @ukLabour trying to [be] inclusive to Jews celebrating Passover. The one thing observant Jews specifically avoid at Passover is bread.”