The present Doodle, illustrated by U.K.-based guest artist Ruby Fresson, honors England’s celebration of St. George’s Day and the legend behind this special day that has captured the imagination of generations.
The legend of St. George traces its roots back to the Middle Ages when 11th-century Crusaders returned to England and shared his venerable story of valor and sacrifice. Accounts praised St. George as a hero who rescued not only a princess but an entire city under siege from a fire-breathing dragon! Upon his brave horseback appearance, St. George slew the dragon, a battle scene recreated in today’s Doodle artwork. Rose bushes are said to have developed across the town after the dragon’s defeat and St. George picked a fresh rose to give to the rescued princess.
Following his success, the villagers held a huge gala in St. George’s honor—a practice which has been gone down through the ages—as has giving a rose to a friend or family member in certain cultures.
Happy St. George’s Day! 🌹