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Lovers Day in Barcelona – Sant Jordi – Roses and Books on 23rd of April

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.

Book stands at Las Ramblas

Book stands at Las Ramblas

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 … πŸ˜‰

This is what I got at work today :-)

This is what I got at work today πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ Happy Lovers Day the Catalan way to all!

My work colleagues buying a present on Sant Jordi day

My work colleagues buying a present on Sant Jordi day

The tradition is so popular, it has been even “exported” to Japan, where apparently, people starting celebrating this romantic event as well.

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