Ever heard of Sant Jordi's Day? This typical Catalan festival is celebrated on 23 April and you simply cannot miss it. So, let's go! It's time to find out more about Sant Jordi!
Sant Jordi is a very important saint in Catalan culture, famous for having killed a dragon that was terrorising people. Legend has it that from the blood of the dragon, a rose grew, which Sant Jordi then gave to the princess as a symbol of his love. This is why on Sant Jordi's day, it is traditional to give roses and books as gifts.
Sant Jordi's Day is not just a religious holiday, it is also Book Day in Catalonia. Yes, that's right! To mark the occasion, the region's streets are filled with book stalls selling all types of books, from novels to comics and essays. If you are a book lovers, this is the perfect day for you to buy new books and discover new stories.
To commemorate Sant Jordi's Day, which falls on World Book Day, it is customary to give a rose and a book as a present, with stalls selling books and roses across Catalonia. This tradition dates back to the fifteenth century, when Catalan culture flourished and people went to book and rose fairs to get their hands on copies of the latest publications.
However, the party doesn't have to end here. All day, the streets of towns and cities across the region are filled with people taking in the festive atmosphere. There is live music, performances, children's activities and many more other surprises. Parades are also organised to celebrate the feast of Sant Jordi and keep the legend alive.
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