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Sant Jordi's Day in Barcelona

If you are planning to visit Barcelona in the spring, there is one celebration you can't miss: Sant Jordi's Day.

Sant Jordi Day is one of the most loved and anticipated by the inhabitants of the city. It's a magical day when the streets are filled with books and roses, combining romance, literature and regional culture.

Read on to find out more about Sant Jordi in Barcelona, the city's most special tradition.

 

The legend of Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi is one of the most deeply rooted customs in Catalonia. Although it has no clear origin, it is believed to be partly derived from a famous legend.

The legend tells of a fearsome dragon that terrorised a small village, demanding the life of one of its inhabitants every day. One day, fate befell the princess, but just as she was about to be devoured by the dragon, the Sant Jordi knight appeared. With bravery and courage, Sant Jordi fought the dragon and defeated it, thus saving the princess. From the dragon's spilled blood sprang a red rose that the brave knight gave to the princess as a symbol of his love and courage.

 

When is Sant Jordi’s Day?

Sant Jordi's Day has been celebrated every April 23 for decades. This is the day on which Saint George was executed for refusing to persecute Christians under the orders of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This act led to his martyrdom and veneration.

Later, in the 15th century, Sant Jordi became the patron saint of Catalonia. Since then, this day has been celebrated in Barcelona with great enthusiasm.

Exchanging roses and books for Saint George's Day

Sant Jordi's Day not only honours the patron saint of Catalonia, but also celebrates love, culture and the chivalrous values represented by Sant Jordi in the famous legend. For this reason, every April 23 the heroic act of the knight is celebrated by giving a rose and a book to loved ones.

The tradition of the book has another explanation. 23 April is Book Day, coinciding with the anniversary of the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare, two greats of world literature.

Although it is usually couples who exchange books and roses, the tradition is also between friends and from parents to children.

 

Sant Jordi's Day in Barcelona

Barcelona is transformed during Sant Jordi's Day. The streets fill with life and colour, with book stalls and roses everywhere. Writers, both local and international, take to the streets to sign their books and share a moment with their readers. Bookshops also join in the celebration by setting up stalls on the pavements, offering a wide variety of titles to suit all tastes.

But books are not the only protagonists on this day: roses flood Barcelona, being the traditional gift given to loved ones on Sant Jordi. Music also plays an important role on this festive day. Throughout the day, there are free concerts in different parts of the city, offering a festive atmosphere that invites you to dance and enjoy the spirit of Sant Jordi.

For tourists and visitors alike, Sant Jordi's Day is the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and take away unforgettable memories of Catalonia's most romantic day.

 

Accommodation in Barcelona during Sant Jordi's Day

After a day full of celebrations, it is ideal to rest in a comfortable and elegant place. The chic&basic hotels in Barcelona are the perfect option for your stay in Sant Jordi.

Located in the city centre, these accommodations offer you the opportunity to be close to all the activities of the festival. With their modern and minimalist design, our hotels combine style and comfort.

So don't think twice, come and enjoy Sant Jordi and make chic&basic your home away from home - book your stay!

 

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