Britain enjoys a rich heritage and history you just can't help but want to celebrate sometimes. Murderous monarchs (current one excluded, of course), famous robbers, dragon-slaying heroes, famous film stars, sex sirens, pop legends. The list of people to show off about is endless.
We're equally proud of our â€˜national days'; those ones singled out as â€˜official' days when we all celebrate our unique British-ness, (often with official permission to have the day off work and party as hard as possible). St Patrick's Day, Easter, Guy Fawkes, Christmasâ€¦And what better way to celebrate anything than with a big, crazy, fancy dress costume-tastic party?
Christmas is a no-brainer. Unless you've a particular aversion for religious reasons, there won't be many people out there who haven't donned a Santa hat at one time or another. Perhaps you've become Santa's Sexy Helper at the office party? a fat Snowman at the school fair? or worn a dodgy Christmas jumper to make your Nan happy?
Another popular national celebration is Easter, which brings with it an open invitation to stuff your face full of chocolate dressed up as a giant rabbit (an evil one if you want to really scare the kids) And what could be more of a laugh than thatâ€¦
Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th calls for silly hats and pointy beards and it comes in the aftermath of Halloween, which is the time when even people who hate fancy dress wear fancy dress.
And then there's all the special â€˜saints' days'. St Patrick Day calls for another equally silly hat and/or a comedy t-shirt you don't mind spilling your Guinness down the front of.
While Patriotic St George's Day allows any prospective superheroes out there to get dressed up as a sexy knight and woo a few maidens with any luck.
Flag fancy dress costumes work a treat on saints' days or draping a big flag draped round your shoulders will do, if you're too rubbish to dress up in a fancy dress costume. It can also rather helpfully double up as a warming cloak at pub closing time.
NATIONAL DAYS COSTUME GUIDE