St. George's Day for Barcelona - a very symbolic and one of the most favorite holidays. По-каталонски он называется San Jordi Day. Every year 23 April marks the Day of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia. This holiday is the Catalan version of Valentine's Day, the day of lovers, so this warm spring day Barcelona envelops the spirit of romance.
The history of the holiday is associated with a beautiful legend begins in the IV century. According to legend in the small Catalan town of Mont terrified the locals evil dragon. To appease the anger of the inhabitants of the monster every day had to sacrifice the jewels, animals or even humans. Once the lot fell on the king's daughter and to save her, the king offered his hand and heart to the Princess, who will win the dragon. St. George fought with the monster and beat him with his spear. At the site where the dragon's blood was shed grown a garden of roses and the most beautiful of them presented the Princess St George.
According to ancient tradition, from the XV century to this day, it decided to give the beloved women a rose and a book for men. The tradition to give books associated with the memory of the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, who died 23 April 1616 of the year.
Every year on St. George's Day turns Barcelona into one of the most beautiful and romantic places. In this festival the town is surrounded by red roses, and on the main streets, such as, Paseo de Gracia, held book fairs.