21 Apr Love in Barcelona, Sant Jordi
Sant Jordi´s Day or as they say in Catalonia “La Diada de Sant Jordi” is on the 23rd of April. It is also called “El Día de los Amantes” which means Lovers Day and this is the most romantic day of the year.
St. Jordi’s day is Catalunya’s version of Valentine’s day, a festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of Saint George on the 23rd of April every year.
Sant Jordi is the Catalan name of Saint George, who is the patron saint of Catalonia and is celebrated this day to commemorate his death. The legend of Saint George, is that Saint Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess and then plucked a red rose for the princess from a rose bush, which had sprouted on the exact spot, where the dragon’s red blood had spilled.
On Sant Jordi’s day you can find love in Barcelona everywhere, the men in Barcelona and Catalonia gives their loved one a red rose and the ladies give the men a book.
There are bookstalls and book markets all over Barcelona and hundreds of flower stands selling roses are set up on Sant Jordi’s day especially on Las Ramblas and Rambla de Catalunya in the name of love.
You can attend various book readings of noted writers, which are held in many book stores and cafes around the city. You will find the cult of Sant Jordi everywhere during the day, for example Casa Batlló, built by Gaudí, has a roof looking like a dragon.
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During this day you can watch the Sardana (the national dance of Catalonia) in Plaça Sant Jaume.
And while you are in Plaça Sant Jaume you have to visit Palau de la Generalitat— Catalonia’s main government building, because it is the only day of the year, that you can visit the Palau de la Generalitat, and for free . You will find huge displays of roses created to honor Sant Jordi and while you are inside, don’t forget to take a look around in this Gothic architectural masterpiece!