Just like every year, April 23rd will once again celebrate Saint George's Day, a festival that also coincides with the International Book Day. Therefore, it is not surprising that in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia both of these celebrations are marked as important dates on the calendar. Take the opportunity to indulge in history, tradition, romanticism and prepare for plenty of cultural events in the middle of spring.
History of Saint George's Day
April 23rd, 2017 is the date chosen to commemorate Saint George's death, a popular saint who became an icon in medieval literature because of the legends that were told about him. Among those legendary tales, the most famous of all is undoubtedly the one that tells of his fierce struggle with a dragon that harassed the local populations of a distant city. His victory became a symbol of freedom and prosperity. It should be noted that he was the patron saint of Aragon, Balearic Islands and, of course, Catalonia.
The uniqueness of Saint George's Day
Saint George's Day always takes place on the Monday following Easter, so this year, it will be celebrated on April 23rd. Beyond the religious meaning of this date, Catalonia has created a series of beautiful traditions around it. The main one, as it coincides with the World Book Day, is to give a book and a rose to a loved one as a romantic gesture. In fact romanticism is greatly emphasised so much so that one of the most popular and widespread traditions is for couples to give each other a book and a rose.