Sant Jordi: Catalonia’s bookish Saint Valentine
Today is International Book Day, but for the Catalans it’s just more than that. It is Sant Jordi, a mix of Saint Valentine and International Book Day. It is one of the most important literary events of the year (Bookshops expect to sell a total of 1 million books all over Catalonia just today, which makes 22 million euros in a day.)
All over Catalonia, bookshops prepare stands in the streets so that people can buy books. But the tradition is more than that. (Picture: Les Rambles, Barcelona)
The tradition says that you must give your boyfriend/girlfriend (although nowadays friends and relatives count as well) a book and a rose.
Although Sant Jordi is celebrated all over Catalonia, Barcelona is kinda like the centre of everything, with the city preparing itself for the celebration.
(Picture: Casa Batlló, Barcelona)