The history behind the patron saint of Catalonia

Sunday December 25th, 2016

La Diada de Sant Jordi is a festival whose origins vary by location but is celebrated on April 23rd throughout the Christian world. However, none rival the romanticism celebrated in Catalonia on this special day.

Today in Catalonia, on April 23rd it is customary for men to give roses to women and for women to give books to men as is said “a rose for love and a book forever.” This Catalan tradition of love and literacy is a sight to behold as makeshift stands selling roses and books pop up for the day all over Catalonia, not to mention the many public performances and book readings held throughout Barcelona. Before the day is over, upwards of six million roses and almost one million books will have been sold.