When celebrating St. George’s Day, it is not uncommon to encounter a reenactment of the dragon legend that has been associated with the saint for centuries. In this article, you will learn more information about the life, legend, and celebration of St. George.
1. The slaying of the dragon and rescuing of the princess is the most famous legend connected to St. George. During the Middle Ages, the dragon was a common symbol used to refer to the Devil. However, the legend that would become so popular with the saint actually emerged during the 12th century when George had already been dead for quite some time. This leaves many to believe that a great deal of tales involving George could be false or exaggerated.
2. A special service in honor of St George’s Day is usually held at a local church for people looking for a way to celebrate the holiday in England.
3. A white flag with a red cross is often associated with St. George. These symbols are often referred to as the “Colors of Saint George” or St George’s Cross.
4. When St. George appears in mosaics and frescos, it is not uncommon to see him mounted on a white horse.
5. In 2003, the Vatican issued a stamp on the anniversary of St. George’s death, which depicts an armored man on top of a white horse , slaying a dragon.
6. In the past, St George’s Day was considered a major feast and national holiday in England, but certain traditions have fallen to the wayside. The observance took a hit by the end of the 18th century, but has seemed to grow in popularity in more recent years. Ireland’s National Day, more than you would see any sign of St Georges Day being celebrated. However, many people look at St. George’s Day in England just like any other regular day. A lot of people are unaware that the day exists and what it stands for.
7. A traditional custom associated with St George’s Day is to wear a red rose (the national flower) in your lapel. Another custom was to fly or display the St. George’s Cross flag. It is common to see pubs follow this tradition on April 23. Garlands of St George’s crosses is another popular method of celebrating the holiday.
8. Besides April 23, St. George’s Day is also celebrated April 24, May 6, and November 23.
9. As a saint, George is associated with scouts, soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers. He is also thought to help those that suffer from leprosy, plague and syphilis.
10. St. George’s Day shares a date with the death of the infamous English playwright William Shakespeare and the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, who wrote ‘Don Quixote.’