Books and Roses = Diada de Sant Jordi

Catalunya celebrates La Diada de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day) with books and roses.


It is a tradition to give your loved one a rose and a book on this day. Sant Jordi is the patron saint of Catalunya.  Sant Jordi, the knight, rescued the princess by killing the dragon. He thus saved the village of Montblanc in Catalunya, and his true love.  From the blood of the dragon grew a red rose. Books were later added to the celebration because April 23 is the day that Shakespeare and Cervantes died. Yesterday, tables popped up to sell roses, books, pastries. Here are some photos from our casa and our barrio, Gracia.

The day begins with Pan de Sant Jordi, striped like the Catalan flag and Mary remembers the baker’s instructions about slicing the correct way so each piece includes all the stripes. Books and roses are involved, of course!


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A stroll through the neighborhood shows that almost every store can connect to Sant Jordi from the fruit seller to the Gracia Excursion Club to the Japanese culture store to the girls selling painted rocks.


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And Mary’s favorite bakery creates book and rose treats:IMG_4456

© 2014 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved.


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