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England’s St George’s Day Coincides With Shakespeare

Picture of Ellie Griffiths
Updated: 22 April 2016
Celebrations are taking over Trafalgar Square once again, celebrating two events in one day. The annual Feast of St George will see Trafalgar Square decorated in red and white as the English celebrate their national day, St George’s Day, honouring and remembering St George, the patron saint of England. Although he is commonly associated with legend of St George and the Dragon, this is, however, loosely based around a man by the name of George, from 280 AD, who became a Christian Soldier of the Roman Empire. The square will be filled with English food, live music, free activities, dancing, and storytelling, all inspired by the 13th-century origins of this day. However, this year will see a Shakespearean twist, as the death of William Shakespeare – although 400 years ago – also fall on the 23rd of April. So, don’t forget to brush up on some Shakespearean language as there will be activities also celebrating the Bard.

📅 23 April 2016, 12PM – 6PM

📍 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

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