Happy St George’s Day!

Big roars to you all. We have been busy celebrating St. George’s Day!

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St. George’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd each year! It is a national day in England.

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St. George is the patron saint of England.

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St George’s symbol is a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag.

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English Flag

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England Flag flying next to the flag of the United Kingdom.

Here are some facts about ST. George’s life….

St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Eastern Turkey

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He moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier.

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He later gave up being a soldier and began to protest against his leader, the Emperor Diocletian (245-313 AD), who was being very nasty to Christian people.

St. George was put in jail by the Emperor and eventually killed on the 23rd of April 303 AD.

St George & The Dragon!

The story or legend of St George and the dragon is over a thousand years old. The tale goes that the dragon made it’s nest by the fresh water near the town of Silene in Libya.

When people came to collect water, they disturbed the angry dragon and so offered sheep as a distraction. While the dragon ate the sheep, the villagers could collect the water.

After time, there were simply no sheep left to offer the dragon and so the people of Silene decided to chose a girl from the town by drawing lots.

When the results were read, it was revealed that the princess was to be the dragon’s next victim. Despite the Monarch’s protest his daughter Cleolinda was offered to the dragon…

However, at the moment of offering, a knight from the Crusades came riding by on his white stallion.

St George jumped off his horse and drew his sword, protecting himself with the sign of the cross.

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He fought the dragon on foot and managed to kill the beast and saved the princess.

St. George became a legend. We don’t know if that story is true but it sounds good!

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Here’s some more things you could make and do…
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/st_georges_day.htm

The National symbol of England is the red rose.

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Time for us to go…. Happy St. George’s Day

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Big roars

From Dino and Lion

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@dinoandlion

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