Today we learnt about St. George, the Patron Saint of England, and created flags, and completed a 'Mystery of the Stolen Sword' maths puzzle.
His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag. St George's emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king's soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle.
Like England, every country in the UK has its own patron saint who in times of great peril is called upon to help save the country from its enemies.
St George was a brave Roman soldier who protested against the Romans' torture of Christians and died for his beliefs. The popularity of St George in England stems from the time of the early Crusades when it is said that the Normans saw him in a vision and were victorious.
One of the best-known stories about Saint George is his fight with a dragon. However, it is highly unlikely that he ever fought a dragon, and even more unlikely that he ever actually visited England. Despite this, St George is known throughout the world as the dragon-slaying patron saint of England.
By tradition, 23rd April is the day for a red rose in the buttonhole, the national flower. However, unlike other countries, England does not celebrate it as Americans celebrate 4th July with fireworks. In fact, you are more likely to see big St Patrick parades in England celebrating Ireland's National Day, more than you would see any sign of St George's Day being celebrated. For most people in England St George's Day is just another ordinary working day.