The 23rd of April is the celebration of Catalunya’s Patron Saint, Sant Jordi. According to legend, he killed a dragon and the blood of the dragon turned into a rose – which he handed to the princess. That would be a short explanation to why men give a rose to their loved partners on this day. The whole city is full with stands which sell roses, books and other small presents.
As it goes with many things – the tradition has developed into something more commercial. In my personal opinion, the roses have become less and other sales opportunities such as small dragons penetrate the stalls … It is also the day of the book – so women are giving a book to their beloved partner. Discussions about why a man gets a book which lasts so much longer than a rose abound … 😉
At my workplace we get a rose from our male colleagues. I find this a very nice detail. This year I even got two roses and my female colleagues brought me a mango juice from their walk during lunch time to the Boqueria market! Love is everywhere and love has many faces 🙂 Happy Lovers Day the Catalan way to all!
The tradition is so popular, it has been even “exported” to Japan, where apparently, people starting celebrating this romantic event as well.