Saint George spain

Saint George’s day is one of the most famous tradition celebrated in several regions of Spain on 23rd April. This day is the most romantic day of the year because thousands of people go out through the streets to enjoy the infinite series of roses and books stand over the city.

 

What does Saint George’s day means?

Saint Jordi day celebrates the death of Saint George, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. The celebrations begin through this saint since the 15th century. In addition, one of the old Catalan kings called the saint before recovering Oscar from the Muslims. After their victory the Catalan king made him the saint patron of the Catalan army. After many years he became the Saint Patron of all the nation and his legend became popular.

 

Rose The Saint George’s day in Spain

 

Besides, this Catalan festival is identical of saint Valentine’s Day is usually to offer roses for women and books for men as presents on this day. In addition, the tradition of giving a rose comes from the middle Ages, when a valencian journalist named Vicent Clavel lived in Barcelona started the tradition in 1926 by giving roses to his lovers. This festival became officially as the saint Jordi’s day and as the international day of book from 1930 until this day.

In this day the flowers and books are the major symbols of Saint George’s day in Catalonia. A spike of wheat is usually tied to a rose with a piece of yellow and red striped ribbon that means the Senyera, red and yellow stripped flag which symbolizes Catalonia and forms of the modern flag of this region.

 

The myth of sant Jordi:

 

The myth of sant Jordi SpainSource – officeholidays.com

 

The legend of Saint George and the dragon is very famous fairytale in which George was a soldier in the Roman army and he is popular for killing the terrible dragon who scared the residents of small village in Catalonia called Montblanc.

One day the inhabitants decide to calm down the dragon’s anger by sacrificing one person every day as assign of their goodwill. This chosen person was the king’s daughter. In this day a brave chevalier appeared and fighter the dragon before she was eaten up by the evil beast. The cavalier sent his spear into the dragon and out of the blood that gushed away where grew red rose bush since then, it has been the tradition to offer a rose to your lovers.

 

Other activities to do in Saint Jordi day

 

Other activities to do in Saint Jordi day

 

The saint Jordi day organizes many cultural activities for children and adults like:

Baying roses: the streets of the city are filled with beautiful red roses also some fabulous designs striving for the most original multicolored roses.

Baying books: Saint Jordi day is one of the main days for literature around the year, many stores made special sales comprising books with the presence of the authors to sign their books.

 

coca-sant-joan-spainSource – barcelona-home.com

 

You can discover many beautiful places in Barcelona as the placa de Sant Jaume at the center of the old city of Barcelona. Also visiting the fabulous ‘Saló de Cent’or ‘room of one hundred’, the  Salo de la Reina Regent, Gothic gallery and El Salo Croniques. Besides, you can taste the traditional bread called Coca De Sant Joan is very delicious, which is designed as the Catalan flag and made with majorean sausage and cheese.

 

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