23 Apr Happy Saint George’s Day!
Do you know the reading of the gentleman San Jordi?
* The festivity of Sant Jordi *
It is a day that is celebrated with much enthusiasm and joy in Catalonia. On April 23, the streets of cities and towns are crowded with people and stalls selling books and roses. It is about celebrating the patron saint of Catalonia and remembering this tradition based on love and culture.
The legend explains that a long time ago, in Montblanc (Tarragona) a fierce dragon capable of poisoning the air and killing with his breath, had frightened the inhabitants of the city. The inhabitants, scared and tired of their ravages and misdeeds, decided to calm him by feeding a person a day that would be chosen by lot. After several days, bad luck came to the princess. When the princess left her home and headed for the dragon, a knight named Sant Jordi, wearing shining armor and a white horse, suddenly appeared to come to her rescue. Sant Jordi raised his sword and pierced the dragon, finally freeing the princess and the citizens. From the dragon’s blood rose a rose with the reddest roses that had ever been seen. Sant Jordi, triumphant, plucked a rose and offered it to the princess.