Some people in some parts of the world are celebrating St. George Day today. England and English lands do and many other countries and cities do (on April 23, unless Easter is then), and Orthodox countries do also according to the corresponding date on their Julian calendar, which happens to be today.
|An Orthodox icon of St. George|
|My version of the above|
The day (in the Gregorian calendar, which we all use) of April 23, is also the Day of the Book. On that day in 1616 both Shakespeare and Cervantes died and are remembered with books. In Spain one gives a rose and a book to loved ones.
The insignia of St. George is a red cross on a white field. It was flown on many English ships,including the Mayflower, and is part of the British flag.
The story goes that a town or kingdom was terrorized by a dragon. They offered it lambs without satisfying it, then offered it virgins. Depending on the region in which the story is told, eventually the princess is chosen by lot or compelled to be next. A heroic young man goes to her rescue and slays the dragon, from whose blood a rose grows, which he then gives to her. Thus the historical association with roses for the day.
|Everybody who is somebody in the art world - Rubens, etc. - and many who are nobody, have found the legend of George an appealing subject and portrayed his own interpretation.|
|An ink drawing from 1642|
|... from medieval times to today's pop art...|
|... to spoofs.|
|For your own coloring today (if you know how to capture dragons)|