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St. George’s Day

🗓️ April 23

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A long time ago


St. George’s Day is a day to celebrate a man who was a saint, a knight, and a dragon slayer.
St. George was a soldier in the Roman army who became a martyr for his Christian beliefs. According to legend, St. George slayed a fierce dragon that was terrorizing a village.
That’s right, he’s not just a saint, he’s also a dragon slayer!

The dragon slayer:

As the story goes, the dragon was causing chaos and eating livestock. In order to stop the dragon, St. George offered to slay the beast in exchange for the villagers’ conversion to Christianity. In the Christian flavored mythology of medieval times dragons are a symbol of evil and chaos, and St. George represents the triumph of good over evil. So, really, St. George’s Day is a celebration of morality and ethics. So, by defeating the dragon, St. George became a symbol of bravery, faith, and virtue.

St. George’s Day takes place on April 23rd, which is the anniversary of St. George’s death. It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday, so you know it’s a big deal.
The day is celebrated in England and several other countries, but it’s not as well-known as some other holidays. Why celebrate his death day? Well, it’s a way to honor his life and the legacy he left behind. Plus, it’s a great excuse to throw a party!

The ethical question:

Is it really ethical to slay dragons? After all, they are just creatures trying to survive in their own way.  And they have feelings too, right?
Maybe we should be celebrating a holiday that promotes peace and coexistence with our dragon neighbors.
Well, that’s a moral dilemma for another day.
Let’s just focus on the celebration for now!

Speaking of dragon slaying…

People all over the world have been hunting down and killing dragons for various reasons.
But what makes Saint George different from other dragon slayers?
Saint George did it for a good cause. He slayed the dragon to protect innocent villagers, 

Now, St. George’s Day may seem like a strange holiday to atheists or people from other religions. But fear not, my friends! You can still join in on the fun. After all, who doesn’t love a good dragon slaying story?

Safety tips for St. George’s Day

If you’re planning on celebrating St. George’s Day, here are some tips to prepare.

  • Make sure you have your sword and shield handy. You never know when a dragon might show up! 
  • Practice your battle cries. You want to make sure you scare the dragon away before it has a chance to eat you.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand. You know, just in case the dragon decides to breathe fire. 
  • Make sure to wear protective gear, like a helmet and gloves, in case you need to fight off the dragon. Don’t wear anything too flammable.
  • ALWAYS have a plan for escaping in case things get out of hand.

How to celebrate:

  • Visit actual parades, festivals, and reenactments of St. George’s battle with the dragon if your town has those.
  • Watch some of your favorite dragon-themed movies, like “How to Train Your Dragon” or “The Hobbit”. 
  • Play a “pin the tail on the dragon” game.
  • Try roasting marshmallows over a dragon’s breath. 
  • Have a medieval feast, complete with turkey legs, dragon shaped cookies and mead. 

St. George’s Day is a fun and lighthearted way to celebrate English culture and the legacy of a brave and virtuous hero.
So, grab your swords and shields, don your helmets, and let’s celebrate the slaying of dragons in a safe and responsible way.
Happy St. George’s Day!

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