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St. George’s Day
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 23 of April, repeating indefinitely
There are many legends about Saint George, the patron saint of England, but he is not just a myth. He was a real man who lived 1,700 years ago and his bravery is still remembered today. On 23rd of April, the anniversary of his death in 303 CE, his feast day is celebrated in many countries around the world.
In England, the day is marked by flying Saint George’s flag, and sometimes by traditional English entertainments such as Morris dancing. Some towns and cities also hold parades, with people dressed as knights and carrying flags.
This BBC video shows Sam and Matthew celebrating St George’s Day.
Teaching Ideas and Resources
- Retell the story of St. George and the Dragon.
- Make a travel guide about England. Why would people want to visit?
- Create a list of words you could use to describe a dragon.
- Design a suit of armour for St. George.
- Use the comprehension texts in our Saint George Teaching Pack to learn more about George. The pack also includes many other resources for learning about him.