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Saint Jordi’s Day Festival Combines Love and Literacy: Give Your Sweetie a Rose or a Book in Barcelona

From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Ca...
From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Catalonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Giving your Sweetie a rose or a book on Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona. This charming tradition in Barcelona, is like participating in a fairy tale festival.

saint george
saint george (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once upon a time in the town of Montblanc in Catalunya, a terrible dragon terrorized the inhabitants.

A lottery system was generated to appease the miserale, rotten dragon. The system sacrificed one of the town residents to the dragon using a lottery system.
Unfortunately, one day the princess won the lottery and had to be sacrificed. She was rescued from the dragon’s wrath by a handsome knight in shining armour named Jordi (George).
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Made and uploaded by Huhsunqu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

La Diada de Sant Jordi is also known as  El dia de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or El dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book).  Historically, men gave women roses and women gave men a book to celebrate the occasion: “a rose for love and a book forever.”

saint george killing a dragon
saint george killing a dragon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint George (Saint Jordi) is the patron saint of Catalonia. Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona Spain is a Catalon Holiday that celebrates the chivalrous efforts of dragon-slaying, damsel- in-distress rescuing Saint George. In 1995, UNESCO adopted April 23rd as World Book and Copyright Day. Barcelona is the publishing capital of both Catalan and Spanish languages.

From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Ca...
From Diada de Sant Jordi 2008 in Barcelona, Catalonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On April 23rd,  six million roses will change hands in Barcelona when men become knights for a day. They will give their sweetie a single rose to honor Saint George, the patron saint and protector of the inhabitants of Catalonia who rescued the princess from the terrible dragon. He gave her a red rose plucked from a rose bush that sprouted from the dragons blood after the dragon was killed by St. Jordi’s mighty sword.

Català: Palau de la Generalitat, Plaça Sant Ja...
Català: Palau de la Generalitat, Plaça Sant Jaume de Barcelona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On April 23rd, lovers walk arm in arm on Las Ramblas toward the sea or in the direction of Placa Catalunya gazing at the lovely flower stalls and visiting La Boqueria Market.

Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona

Barcelona Spain

St.Jordi's cake
St.Jordi's cake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lovers also stroll along the Passeig de Gracia buying books from street vendors and book stores. In 1923, the tradition of giving your damsel a rose was expanded. Damsels give their knight in shining armour a book.

Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Miguel de...
Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Miguel de Cervantes, c.1610 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

April 23rd commemorates the anniversay of the deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare in 1616. Many book stores and cafes host readings by authors including 24-hour marathon readings of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote“.

In Barcelona, visit Gaudi’s Casa Batllo (House of Bones) on Passeig de Gracia, 43. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The magnificent art noveau structure is located on the “Block of Discord” with incredible buildings designed by famous architects like Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Enric Sagnier.

Casa Batllo by Antonio Gaudi - Barcelona
Casa Batllo by Antonio Gaudi - Barcelona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Casa Batllo has a facade based on the Tale of Saint Jordi (Saint George). The bones of the dragon’s victims frame the elaborate windows of the facade. The facade is covererd with trencadis glazed mosaic tile. The roof  has a large arch that represents the scales of the dragon.

Watch this video to see the beautiful landmark buildings in Barcelona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j31eZTrW0Ss.

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Happy St. Jordi’s Day– “Felic Diada de Sant Jordi” from your Travel Buddies @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

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