Spanish apps: Taplingua- Cultural Tip: April 23rd – St. George’s Day/ Dia de Sant Jordi

A rose and a book for St George’s day


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April 23rd is St George’Day or ” La diada de St.Jordi” .It is a very special day in Barcelona and it is celebrated in a very interesting way. Saint George is the patron saint of Catalonia. Legend says,  when Saint George killed a dragon which was about to eat the princess, a rose bush grew out of the dragon’s blood. Saint George gave roses of that bush to the princess. A traditional Rose Festival honouring romantic love and chivalry  was celebrated  in Barcelona since the Middle Ages. In  the 1930′s the rose festival merged with the International Book Day.  Remember that both Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on the 23rd of April.

After the 1930′s a new tradition was created. Today, every April 23rd men give to women a red rose with a spike of wheat and a ribbon with the colors of the Catalonian flag (red and yellow). Women give them books in return. Catalan people say “a rose for love and a book forever”…..  It’s a beatiful tradition, right?

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