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Sant Jordi – 23rd of April – Lovers day in Catalunya

Today is the 23rd of April – a special day in Catalunya since they celebrate their Patron Saint, Saint George. According to legend, Jordi saved the life of a princess by killing a dragon and the blood of the dragon turned into a rose which he gave to the princess …

The tradition today is that men give a rose to their wives/girlfriends/… and women give a book to their husbands/boyfriends/…

All over the city you will find small stands selling roses and books.

My work colleagues buying a present on Sant Jordi day

My work colleagues buying a present on Sant Jordi day

As it goes with many things, the tradition has turned into a big commercial opportunity. Nowadays they not only sell books and roses (in fact, the roses seem to disappear), but other small presents such as in the picture above: small dragons (in reference to the legend) and others.

Book stands at Las Ramblas

Book stands at Las Ramblas

The most typical places would be Las Ramblas and Rambla de Catalunya, if you can take the amount of people walking along it 😉 You will see couples walking hand in hand. The tradition got so popular, that it was “exported” to other countries. It is said that in some areas of Japan the tradition is now very popular (like we adopted Halloween from the US).

This is what I got at work today :-)

This is what I got at work today 🙂

At my workplace, we get a rose from our male colleagues, which I find a very nice detail 🙂 Here in the picture you can see I got two roses. The juice you can see was a present from my female colleagues who went for a walk during lunch break and brought me this yummie mango juice from Boqueria Market. Love is in the air! Love can be anywhere … Happy Sant Jordi’s Day to you all!!!!

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