Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017
Decorated in red and white for England’s national day, the square is lined with stalls selling traditional English food, inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th-century origins as a national day of feasting. There’s also free themed activities, including games, music and performances for all the family, and you can watch celebrity chefs give live cooking demonstrations.
St George is the patron saint of England and St George’s Day falls on 23 April. His name is most commonly associated with the legend of St George and the Dragon.
In the mythical tale, George obtains glory by slaying a dragon that is terrorising the countryside and is about to eat a beautiful princess. This story is loosely based on a real-life George who was born around 280AD and grew up to become a Christian soldier of the Roman Empire.
The myth of St George and the Dragon in England was known prior to the Norman conquest in 1066, but the idea of George as the nation’s patron saint probably caught on around William Shakespeare’s time. In Shakespeare’s play Henry V, the English troops are famously rallied with the cry “God for Harry, England and St George!”.
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