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Dime Cuándo: Sant Jordi Day 2017 In Barcelona

sant jordi day.jpgSpring is the time of year in Spain when roses  bloom and the language of love is in the air.  It’s also when sweethearts both young and old in Barcelona have a special day: the Diada de Sant Jordi, which is a Catalonian twist on Valentine’s Day.

Traditionally on this day, men will give red roses to that special someone in their lives, while women will reciprocate with a book for their novios. The giving of red roses comes from the legend of Sant Jordi. The legend says that Sant Jordi killed the dragon to rescue the princess. Then a red rose grew from the blood of the dragon. The giving of books is from the fact that April 23rd is also Spain’s Day of the Book, commemorating the death of the Spanish writer Miguel Cervantes, as well as that of the English author Shakespeare.

Nowadays, the sharing of books and roses is not just for partners, as sons will buy blooms for their mothers and girls will exchange books with friends.

The day is a great time to join the crowds filling the streets of Barcelona, wandering from book stalls to cafes to flower stands

When: For 2017, the Diada de Sant Jordi (April 23rd) will fall on a Sunday.

Where: Stands of book and flower sellers will be set up all throughout Barcelona, however the main action will be centered up and down the Ramblas  Also, at Plaza Sant Jaume, the Palau de la Generalitat will be open for visitors to view some spectacular displays of roses. Get in line early!

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