Sant Jordi in CataloniaComenius Multilateral Project “ Here we are” 2011-2013
Sant Jordi, Saint George, and his legend are well known around Europe. He is the saint patron of Catalonia, England, Bulgaria, Romania, as well as other countries.
In Catalonia, the legend of Saint George is located in Montblanc, a medieval town not far away from Bellpuig.
Tradition in Catalonia St Georges Day is a great day to be in Catalonia. The streets of all the Catalan towns are full of people. There are lots of stalls selling books and roses.
The celebration can’t be simpler: people walk, buy a rose, a book or both, to give them to the loved ones, family and friends. It is the Catalan day of lovers. The day is a singular national holiday held on a weekday.
The origin of this festival is found in a mixture of traditions and different eras. St. George is the patron saint of Catalonia (officially since 1456, although he is well venerated since the eighth century). There was also a Medieval Fair of roses to celebrate love at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia. The Book Day, established in Barcelona in 1926, was integrated to these traditions.