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Google Doodle Celebrates Children’s Stories Worldwide

St George’s Day is celebrated by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint. St George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in AD 303. As Easter often falls close to St George’s Day, the church celebration of the feast may be moved from 23 April.

St. George is the patron saint of England and Georgia. However, St. George’s day is celebrated in may countries include England, Canada, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Macedonia. Cities include Moscow in Russia, Genova in Italy, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Beirut in Lebanon, Qormi and Victoria in Malta and many others. It is also celebrated in the old kingdoms and counties of the Crown of Aragon in Spain-Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, and Palestine.

The story varies from culture to culture, but the essential pieces remain the same. A dragon (or devil) was terrorizing a city and demanded the sacrifice of a young woman (King’s daughter). St. George hears of the news slays the dragon and saves the girl and the town.

The legend lives on, but is based in true stories believed to go back to the Crusades.

St George's Day: Google Doodle 2011

Today, also happens the Childern’s day; Google doodle popped up in various sites around the world.

A unique Google Doodle appeared on Google Russia. A three-frame custom Google logo, with graphic scroll buttons depict the 1936 orchestral children’s story, “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev.

“The story tells the tale of Peter, a young boy, his grandfather and a bunch of animals. Each character in the story is also represented by a specific musical instrument. Peter gets an upbeat violin melody; his grandfather a bumbling bassoon.

Each of the various animals also get their own instruments: a flute for the bird, oboe for the duck, clarinet for the cat, French horns for the wolf and various woodwinds and drums for the hunters who save the day.”

2011 Childer's day Google doodle: Russia: Peter and the Wolf

Turkey today on April 23, has the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was established on April 23, 1920, during the Turkish War for Independence.

During the war, may children were left orphaned and homeless. Mustafa Kemal, first president of Turkey established the Institute for the Salvation of Children that same day. The two events have been celebrated together ever since.

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