Saturday, 22 April 2017

St Georges Day

Tomorrow is St George's day. He is patron saint of:  Preuilly sur Claise, Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres (Spain), Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Pomorie, Preston, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Barcelona and Moscow. He is also the patron saint of the Boy Scouts, skin disease sufferers and syphilitic people.

To celebrate that, today Preuilly has its Foire de la St Georges, a fête foraine (a travelling fair, held on fixed dates in different places). There will be a couple of fun fair rides, some brocante stalls, and the local organisations will have displays and stalls selling stuff. The Fete is always held on the 3rd Saturday of April which sometimes brings the date into conflict with fairs in nearby villages, so one can never tell just how populous the event will be.

We will be there anyway, maybe for a lunch of sausage and beer. Which last year was very good.

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