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Sant Jordi Day Barcelona. It is also called the Feast or the Festival of St George. Sant Jordi is the Catalan name of Saint George, who is the patron saint of Catalonia and also of neighbouring autonomous community of Aragon. St Jordi's day is Barcelona's most romantic day of the year.


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Read about Sant Jordi history and legend, the traditions and things to do on Sant Jordi's day in Barcelona. Jordi day is not a public holiday in Barcelona, so shops are open as usual. Happy Sant Jordi day! Jordi is Catalunya's version of Valentine's 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. Jordi, or San Jorge, has been the co-patron saint of Catalonia province of Spain for over years since Barcelona has three patron saints in total.

The legend of Saint George, which you might have heard, 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 sprouted where the dragon's red blood had spilled. Who gets what? On Sant Jordi's day the men - the knights - in Barcelona and Catalunya give their sweetheart - the princess - a red rose , and in recent years a new Sant Jordi tradition is that the ladies give the men a book.

Around 7 million roses are expected to be sold in on Sant Jordi's day! The dragon wrecked havoc among the population and devoured the animals put out to pasture until there were none left. To calm the dragon's anger, the inhabitants of the village decided to sacrifice one person every day, chosen by drawing lots, and to offer that person to the dragon as a sign of their good will. Just when she was about to be swallowed up by the dragon, a courageous knight appeared and confronted the evil beast.

He thrust his lance into the dragon and, out of the blood that spurted forth, there grew a red rose bush. Since then, it has been the custom in Catalonia to present a rose to your loved one. Jordi website. Who was St George? George was executed for his Christian beliefs during the reign of Diocletian and became a saint and a martyr among Christians. It is unknown how the legend of Saint George arose, but the most likely explanation is that it was such a great legend that everyone loved it and the legend was copied and so Saint George ended up being the patron saint of England, Greece, Romania and Georgia and Catalonia among other places.

In those days one could obviously copy a legend without any copyright issues. Not so easy today! Thanks to Sant Jordi, Barcelona and Catalonia celebrates the anniversary of his death on 23rd April with Sant Jordi's day which is a wonderful day of romance when men can be knights for a day and girls become princesses. About Sant Jordi day roses Most Sant Jordi's day roses long stemmed red roses decorated with a sprig of wheat and a little red and yellow ' senyera ,' the symbol of four red stripes on a golden background, which is the official flag of Catalonia.

Many roses have the message ' t'estimo ' - ' I love you ' in Catalan language. Rose colours Sant Jordi's day. A yellow rose is the symbolic colour for friendship. In for the first time ever, a yellow rose has a new symbolic meaning in Catalonia for some people in the Catalan population.

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This is because the colour yellow since October has been used, mostly in the form of yellow ribbons, to indicate support for the movement to free former politicians, who have been charged - and in some cases imprisoned pending trial - for their involvement in an failed attempt to declare unilateral independence for the region of Catalonia from Spain in For this reason, florists expect to sell , yellow roses on Sant Jordi's day in instead of the usual amount of 60, yellow roses. More rose colours.

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A white rose signifies innocence. An orange rose symbolises passion and desire and a pink rose means happiness. Red with white roses signify togetherness, a single rose means simplicity and bright red roses symbolize inner beauty.

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You don't have to look far for a rose stall - they will be everywhere. Where did the book tradition come from on St George's day? Not from Sant Jordi himself. Lullabies from around the World I am Blop!

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