On the day of Sant Jordi in Barcelona- as in all of Catalonia – people give one another a rose or a book. Ladies receive a rose and gentlemen receive a book. Barcelona sparkles on San Jordi. Every street corner has a little stall selling roses and books. In the most centric part of town you might even meet famous writers signing their books. It's truly a big deal and if you are lucky enough to be in Catalonia those days you will certainly enjoy being part of this beautiful celebration. Sitges is none the less with San Jordi celebration: red roses embellish further this beautiful town.
Regarding the origin of this tradition documents show that the habit of giving away roses as a symbol of love on the day of Sant Jordi, dates back to the 15th century, even if not the exact date is known. Furthermore, why this day is the day of lovers and Sant Jordi has become the patron saint of lovers is not known with certainty. In the most famous legend of Saint George – although he freed the princess from the dragon – he didn’t marry her, as the moral of this story was Christian baptism rather than love, according to the legend.
In 1926 Spain declared the 23rd April, the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, the most famous Spanish writer, as Book Day. This was coping England, who had also respected the 23rd April as the death of Shakespeare. It was a coincidence that this coincided with the day of the feast of Sant Jordi. This led, however, to mean that Book Day was hardly celebrated. Only much later did the day of love also became a day of literature in the mind of the population.
The 23rd April, the day of Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia, is today the day of the rose and the book, the day of love and culture.
If you want to know more about San Jordi click this link: http://barcelona.de/en/barcelona-sant-jordi.html
post by Paola at https://www.casitasitges.com