Sant jordi festival in barcelona 2020 catalunyas valentines day. Traditionally, boys give girls a red rose and girls give boys a book. On the day of sant jordi in barcelona as in all of catalonia people give one another a rose or a book. This is the reason why, from that day, the 23rd of april of every year, when spring bursts, catalan men give their beloved princesses a r ed sometimes multicolour rose. Later, the tradition changed and lovers became the protagonists of this custom. And search more of istocks library of royaltyfree vector art that features animal graphics available for quick and easy download. For catalans, a day of books, roses and, of course. The feast day of sant jordi st george, patron saint of catalonia, is celebrated in barcelona on 23 april. Monday 23rd april around andorra see below for more info about the festival encamp. Jordi, or san jorge, has been the copatron saint of catalonia province of spain for over 500 years since 1507. In catalonia, the 23 rd of april coincides with being the day of sant jordi, which is the day of the book, the rose and of lovers. Most sant jordi roses are the colour red in accordance with the legend, but in recent years many colours of roses have appeared on sant jordis day. They are a symbol of love and, traditionally, men give a rose to their loved one.
Every year except for this year, that is, as the holiday for book and romance lovers has been yet another one of the many events that. Sant jordi 2019 barcelona website barcelona city council. In addition, april 23rd is the world book day that was declared by unesco in 1995. Sant jordi the day of the book and the rose all andorra. Premio sant jordi artistico e letterario catalunya italia. A yellow rose is the symbolic colour for friendship. In the 15 th century sant jordi st george became the patron saint of catalonia, and rose markets started to appear all over the region every year on the 23 rd of april, representing the rose that sant jordi gave to the princess after slaying the dragon. For sant jordi, catalans go out to the streets and celebrate both the world book day and sant jordi. In fact, it is a celebration of culture and love, represented by books and roses.
Jordi approached the tree and, carefully avoiding its spines, took the biggest and more sweetlyperfumed rose to give it to the kings daughter. Sant jordi in barcelona is a catalan traditional day represented by books and roses, a romantic festivity in the city for locals and tourists. The key elements of this day, dedicated to the patron saint, are culture and love, represented by the book and the rose. Following the spanish traditions, the men give a red rose to the women, while the girls buy them a book. Indeed a beautiful sunny day, the vibe of the city was amazing. In the 15th century sant jordi st george became the patron saint of catalonia, and rose markets started to appear all over the region every year.
On saint georges day in barcelona it is customary for sweethearts to exchange gifts. Roses and books in saint jordi have become a beautiful tradition dating back to the 15th century, when, on this same date, women use to attended a mass officiated in the chapel of sanit jordi, in the palace of the generalitat of catalonia, where they received a rose. On 23rd april, barcelona holds a really special celebration to mark the day of sant jordi, or saint george, the patron saint of catalonia. Sant jordi, the day of the patron saint of catalonia is celebrated as. The story was strongly revived during the renaissance. It is held in commemoration of saint george sant jordi, the patron saint of barcelona, who died on the same date back in the year 303. Jordi is catalunyas version of valentines day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of saint george on 23rd april every year. Sant jordis day in barcelona is celebrated on april 23, and the legend about sant jordi, the dragon and the princess is reborn from its ashes every year to invade barcelona. This curious thing called catalonia sant jordi the. Catalonias day of books and roses to be held on july 23. George in english, the official holiday of catalonias patron. But just when the dragon was about to eat the princess, a brave and handsome knight, known as sant jordi, rode into town and killed the beast with his spear, saving her life.
In catalonia the world book day becomes an especially. The people in catalonia celebrate the day of their patron saint, sant jordi, with a curious tradition. Sant jordi festival barcelona catalonia 2020 saint. Why st georges day is marked in catalonia with roses and. We will discover why it is customary to give your loved one a rose and a book on the day of sant jordi in barcelona.
In catalonia the world book day becomes an especially romantic festivity. In 2018 for the first time ever, a yellow rose has a new symbolic meaning in catalonia for some people in the. Sant jordi, a book, a rose and lot of people barcelona. On the scoop we just love sant jordis day, the catalan equivalent to valentines day. Of course sant jordi is always a great feast, but its also true that this sant jordi isnt like all others, and that we now have people who are in prison instead of being out on the.
This day, all catalonia dresses in book parades and roses to remember an ancient legend. And it can be anybody, not necessarily your partner or somebody who. Every year, on april 23, on sant jordi s day in barcelona and catalunya the men and in recent years more and more women. April 23 is a very special date in barcelonas calendar. The story of the rose and its association with sant jordi dates back to the 15th century. Stalls along las ramblas provide roses and books on sant jordi day. Barcelona is always full of florists stalls and it is estimated that 40% of all the roses sold in a year are sold on this single day. Traditionally, men give a rose to women, while women give them a book in exchange as a representation of love and literature.
St georges day in catalonia coincides with world book day and is an opportunity for catalans to honour their patron saint and show their love of. While it is true that sant jordi is the day to give your lover a gift of a book and a rose, the emphasis is much more on the books rather than the romance. Youll experience the book and rose day on what is arguably the barcelonians most cherished day. The whole city, and especially les rambles overflows with stalls selling books and roses in a springtime, festival atmosphere.
It is one of the most original celebrations in catalonia and takes place in spring, on 23 april. The main event is the exchange of roses and books between sweethearts, loved ones and colleagues. That is why on this day, in addition to exchanging roses. Every year for april 23 the streets are full of book stands and rose vendors in honor of sant jordi or saint george the patron saint of catalonia. English sant jordi barcelonas festival of the book and the rose.
Saint georges day, also known as the feast of saint george. A great deal of its charm comes from the fact that its not actually a public holiday, but a day on which thousands of catalan locals go out to walk the streets of the city or town in which they live. The apartment at sant jordi offers 1 double bedroom, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds and a double sofa bed in the living room. The basic idea for sant jordi is that men give women roses and women give men books. It is the catalan equivalent to valentines day and love is in the air. English sant jordi barcelonas festival of the book. Furthermore, why this day is the day of lovers and sant jordi has become the patron saint of lovers is not known with certainty. Mary ann newman is raising funds for sant jordi nyc 2020. Sant jordi, the day of the book, the rose and of lovers. On april 23rd, the people of catalonia northern spain combine the liturgical day of st. George, a martyr from the 3rd century, is known above all by the legend of his fight against a dragon, told since the 12th century in different variations within poems and songs.
From the blood of the dragon, there grew a rose bush, and sant jordi took. Celebrated every april 23rd, it is a day for lovers, books, and red roses. Sant jordi, or saint georges day is much more than a simple feast day in barcelona. Barcelonas day of love and roses sant jordis day the spain. Sant jordi in english, saint george is the patron saint of catalonia, aragon and the balearic islands.
On sant jordis day it is normal to find books in every language that talk about. All about sant jordi in barcelona, a party dedicated to. St jordis day is barcelonas most romantic day of the year. On this day, it is custom for couples to exchange gifts. His saints day is the biggest festive celebration for the catalans and especially for the city of barcelona. For sant jordi, its a tradition to give each other books and roses, symbols of culture and love. Every 23rd april the traditional red roses and all kinds of books invade the streets creating a unique atmosphere. Day of the book and the rose documents show that the tradition of giving away roses as a symbol of love on the day of sant jordi, dates back to the 15th century, even though the exact date is not known. Jordi is catalunyas version of valentines day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of saint george. It is a very similar celebration to valentines day. Saint george, now a hero picked a rose and offered it to the princess. The catalan equivalent of valentines day falls on world book day, making for a unique celebration everyone in barcelona on april 23rd should make sure they visit.
Sant jordis day, april 23rd, is a very important date in catalonia. Originally the tradition involved men giving their love a rose, while she in return would give him a book. It is a very popular festival that combines culture and romanticism, celebrating both world book day and valentines day. But first of all, lets get a bit of background information. An online international book festival for readers sheltering in place. The dragon, the princess, the knight and the rose are at the centre of the legend of sant jordi, which dates back to the middle ages and is set in the town of montblanc. From the dragons blood a rosebush grew with the reddest roses that had ever been seen.611 568 225 207 1140 869 461 1229 299 640 832 1379 506 614 1095 589 391 1208 1274 479 505 347 101 532 1347 641 886 1453 1228 776 281 868 1403 1021 5 1082 578 805 100 224 398 894 128 1234 555 1382 268