I have taken the liberty of writing a little about one of the tradition that we do in the month of April for spring, which is very important to me and here in Catalonia and I share it.
The Sant Jordi festival is an important day that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy in all Catalonia.
On April 23, the streets of cities and towns are crowded with people and stalls selling books and roses. This festival consists of celebrating the feast of the patron saint of Catalonia and remembering this tradition based on love and culture.
And why are books and roses given away? you will wonder…
Because there is a precious legend behind this!
The legend explains:
A long time ago, in Montblanc (Tarragona, Catalunya), a ferocious dragon capable of poisoning the air and killing with its breath had the population of the city afraid.
The population, tired of their cruelty, decided to calm down by feeding one person a day who would be chosen by lottery. After several days, bad luck fell to the princess. As the princess left her home and headed for the dragon, a knight named Sant Jordi, in shining armor and a white horse, appeared to rescue her.
Sant Jordi raised his sword and pierced the dragon, finally freeing the princess and the citizens. From the dragon’s blood a rosebush rose with the reddest roses ever seen. Sant Jordi, triumphant, plucked a rose and offered it to the princess.
And for that reason it is tradition on this day that men give a rose to their beloved, and that the beloved give a book or a story to his beloved as a legend.