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Saint george's day


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Saint george's day

  1. 1. St.George’s Day 23rd April, World Book Day
  2. 2. WHO IS SAINT GEORGE? Saint George is the patron saint of England. He's popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry - but actually he wasn't English at all He is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece; and of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (second to Saint Mark). He's also patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis. In recent years he has been adopted as patron saint of Scouts.
  3. 3. WHO WAS SAINT GEORGE? Everything about Saint George is dubious, so the information below should be taken as mythical rather than real. • Born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey • Lived in 3rd century AD • His parents were Christian • Later lived in Palestine • Became a Roman soldier • Protested against Rome's persecution of Christians • Imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith • Beheaded at Lydda in Palestine • 23rd April was named as Saint George's day in 1222
  4. 4. S. GEORGE & THE DRAGON Saint George travelled to Libya. When he arrived there he found it had a large pond,almost as big as a lake, where a ferocious dragon lived. The dragon was terrorising the country and, every day, the people had been feeding the dragon a sheep to appease it.When the sheep had all gone, the dragon had demanded that the people sacrifice a young maiden to him each day. Saint George found that all the young girls had now been killed and only the King of Egypt’s daughter was left. Unless a knight could be found to slay the dragon, the princess would be sacrificed the next day. The King of Egypt had promised his daughter’s hand in marriage to the knight who could overcome the terrible dragon. Saint George was determined to save the princess, and the next day he rode out to the lake. When he arrived, he found the princess there, waiting to be fed to the dragon. Saint George sent her home to the palace and approached the dragon’s cave
  5. 5. When the dragon heard Saint George’s horse approaching, he came out of his cave and roared at him. The dragon was huge and its roar sounded like thunder, but Saint George was not afraid. He struck the monster with his spear, but the dragon’s scales were so hard that the spear simply broke into pieces. Saint George fell from his horse but did not give up. Instead, he rushed at the dragon and used his sword to slay it under its wing where there were no scales. The dragon fell dead at Saint George’s feet