Thursday, April 23, 2009


Today in England we celebrate St George’s Day. St George is the patron saint of England, better known for slaying a dragon (evil), as the story goes and rescuing a trapped maiden. St George’s emblem is a red cross on a white background, which is England’s flag and forms part of Britain’s Union Jack flag. The flag has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly with football fans who display it on their cars at the time of the World Cup matches.


Fran Hill said...

How dare old George take all the attention away from the fact that it's both Shakespeare's birthday, too, and the anniversary of his death. George isn't even a real person, is he? And, despite the fact that my students might wish otherwise, Shakespeare really existed! Happy birthday Shakey boy!

SandyCarlson said...

Let's hear it for your patron saint and for courage and chivalry!

Marion said...

I remember celebrating St. George's Day here in Canada as a child. This post brought back many memories. I hope you enjoyed your day!

Naomi said...

St George is a fictional character - although it's still fun to celebrate the day Fran. Shakespeare gave so much to literature, I agree it's a shame he's become overshadowed by St George!

Hear hear Sandy!

Glad you enjoyed the post and it took you back down memory lane Marion!