El Día de Sant Jordi in Barcelona – Love is in the air

27 Apr

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Every year on April 23rd is el día de Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

On this special day guys are giving roses for their girlfriends and girls are giving books to their boyfriends.You can feel the LOVE in the AIR and no matter where you go this day, you can smell the scent of roses everywhere.

Couples are meeting each other for lunch, kissing each other in the middle of the streets and the whole city seems to fall in LOVE that day.

For everyone who wants to know the story behind here you:

According to myth a dragon terrified the small village Montblanc in the south-west of Barcelona. The dragon ate all the animals of  Montblanc and when there were no animals left, he started to eat the people of the village, especially young pretty girls. The village chose each year a person to satisfy the hunger of the evil dragon. One day the name of the young princess came up. Finally, she was choosen to be the next meal for the dragon.

Totally schoked by the notice, the princess finally get herself ready for the dragon, waiting for him and counting her last hours. When Saint George heard the the lovely princess will be eaten by the dragon, he jumped on his horse to ride to the village and to rescue the princess. Luckily, he arrived exactly at that moment when the dragon came. In the last moment after figthing with the dragon for hours he killed the evil dragon with his sword by punshing the sword in the dragon’s heart. As the dragon start bleeding roses came out from his heart.

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Día de Sant Jordi on April 23rd is at the same time the day of the rose (symbol of the blood of the dragon) and the day of International Book Day (both Cervantes and Shakespeare died on april 23rd in 1616).

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