Happy St. George’s Day! St. George’s Day falls on 23rd April and is England’s National Day. (Think 4th of July) but it is not a public holiday and we don’t eat beans and franks here in the UK but rather bangers and mash-but I digress. St. George is the patron Saint of England. His emblem is a red cross on a white background-which is the flag of England. The flag was adopted by Richard the Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The King’s soldiers wore it on their tunics (yes, tunics) to avoid confusion in battle.
St. George was actually a Roman solider who protested against the Roman’s torture of Christians and he died for his beliefs. The best known story is that St. George had a battle with a mighty dragon (aren’t they all?). But it is unlikely that he ever even encountered a dragon and even more unlikely that he ever visited England. Despite this, St. George is known as the dragon slaying patron Saint of England.
As for me, I have my own dragons to slay today. Both real and imaginary.
Happy St. George’s Day Y’all
P.S. We celebrate this day in the UK by wearing a red rose in the button hole of our suit/jacket/coat. The rose is the national flower of England.