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St George’s Day

23/04/2017 Jo Bailey News

Happy St George’s Day from Bailey Balloons! St George is the patron Saint of England but what is the history behind this day?

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St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd each year. The day remembers St George – England’s patron saint.

St George was a Christian martyr and represents traditional English chivalry and bravery. He was born around the year 280 in what is now Turkey. Legend has it that a water well in the town of Silene was guarded by a dragon. In order to access the water, residents of the town had to offer human sacrifice every day to the dragon. On the day that St George was visiting, a princess had been selected as a sacrifice. However, St George killed the dragon and saved the princess and as a result gave the town of Silene free access to the water.

Although it’s not a public holiday, St George’s Day is observed by many with parades, dancing and other activities. Flags with the image of St George are flown on some buildings, especially on pubs.

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