Have a Happy St. George’s Day!

st george slayes the dragonSt. George is the patron saint of England and St. George’s Day falls on 23rd April.  It is England’s National Day, which unfortunately is not an official national holiday.

England is not the only country to celebrate St. George as Bosnia, Canada and Romania to name just a few also celebrate this special day.

Many reenactments of St. George versus the Dragon will be taking place around the country.  Part of the English flag, his emblem, a red cross on a white background was brought to England in the 12th century.

The story of St. George and the dragon is about good overcoming evil. In this mythical tale, George slayes a dragon that is terrorising the countryside and is about to eat a beautiful princess.  George survives the ordeal by calling on the sign of the red cross and as a mark of their gratitude, the local citizens all convert to Christianity and seek to copy George’s chivalrous behaviour.

happy st georges dayIt was a popular story from the Middle East which the Crusaders heard and brought back to England with them.  The story is all about chivalry, courage and honour. Knights had to swear to protect the weak and poor, be brave, honest and true to their word, not all of these Knights kept to the code but St. George did.

London celebrates St George’s Day with a whole host of free events including parades, food festivals, children’s activities and more.  A highlight is the Mayor of London’s annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square, which this year took place on 21 Apr.

How will you be spending St.George’s Day? Get in touch below and tell us about your day.

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