St George’s Day

23rd April 2017    News

Happy St George’s Day from Aerosaurus Balloons! St George is the patron Saint of England but what is the history behind this day?

st george dragon statue

St George was born around the year 280 in what is now Turkey. Legend has it that a water well in the town of Silene was guarded by a dragon. In order to access the water, residents of the town had to offer human sacrifice every day to the dragon.

On the day that St George was visiting, a princess had been selected as a sacrifice. However, St George killed the dragon and saved the princess and as a result, gave the town of Silene free access to the water.

St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd each year and although it’s not a public holiday, St George’s Day is observed by many with parades, dancing and other activities. Flags with the image of St George are flown on some buildings, especially in pubs.