The legend of Saint George depicts a tale of bravery and courage. Many versions of the story exist and will have no doubt evolved over the passing years. George, who was thought to be a Roman soldier, is attributed with the heroism of taming, and slaughtering a dragon. George is thought to have lived in the Middle Ages and to have died in 303AD, killed under Diocletian’s persecution of Christians.Although the legend was widely accepted throughout history it wasn’t until the reign of Edward III from 1327 – 1377 that he was recognised as England’s patron saint.
St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd, said to be the day that he died. All across England flags are raised and schools and other organisations celebrate our country and the life of Saint George.
At one time, the feast of St George’s had a cult like status but as the years have passed it has become more of an optional day of remembrance. It is sad that St George’s Day is less of a celebration than it once was, however, we didn’t pass up the chance to celebrate it here at Westhill Park. The flags were hung, and we enjoyed a day of themed activities including quizzes and craft.
It was a wonderful day full of reminiscence and laughter. The country is going through some challenging times currently and it felt good to come together to celebrate all of the positives that have made our country great.
After a morning full of fun, we sat down to a wonderful traditionally English meal all washed down with a cheeky glass of wine. It was a fabulous way to spend the day.