St George’s Day may not be a public holiday in the UK, but that did not stop St George’s International School from celebrating England’s patron saint on Monday.
Photo: Jess Bauldry & Magaly Piscarel
The school rolled out the red carpet for guests, showcasing their talents by performing song, theatre and live music and providing afternoon tea. Young people in the primary and secondary school, meanwhile, enjoyed their own tea parties and played traditional English playground games like hopscotch. 23 April was also a double cause for celebration as the British ambassador to Luxembourg John Marshall shared the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, a son.
School principal Dr Christian Barkei gave guests a potted history of the story of St George, a Christian from Cappadocia in modern-day Turkey, who was the personal guard of emperor Diocletian. He was imprisoned, tortured and dragged through the streets in 303 AD when he protested against the persecution of the Christians.
“He stayed loyal to his faith until the end. In the intervening years, his story was adapted into the legend of St George who saved a princess from a dragon, a tale which has “captivated children over the years”, Barkei said. “He showed inspiring strength, dedication to faith and morals. This was recognised all over Europe. Even though he never stepped foot on English soil, Edward III made him patron saint of England,” the principal explained.
Today, St George is honoured all over Europe and is also the patron saint of the Scout movement.