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Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi (or Saint George) is the patron saint of Catalunya. His feast day, April 23rd, is the one of the most important days in the local calendar, even though it isn't actually a public holiday. Tradition dictates that men give their lovers a rose on that day, and women present their partner with a book. As such, the streets of cities, towns and villages up and down the land are filled with stalls selling both items. The price of roses on Sant Jordi is generally higher than other times of the year, but you may well find competitive prices if you hunt around, especially from students who are looking to raise money for an end-of-course trip. Books are usually priced at their normal rate, although some of the bigger vendors might offer some kind of discount. Signings by authors both local and international are organised by chains like FNAC and Casa del Llibre. If you want to buy your lover (or yourself for that matter) a book in English, your options are limited to the normal places, but the pleasure of walking the streets of the city with books and flowers on all sides (providing it's sunny!) more than makes up for it.

Catalunya’s annual romantic tradition returns, with rose sales expected to be higher than ever. more

Apr 21, 2016 10:57 AM In the City

On April 23rd, the streets of Barcelona fill with books and flowers as Catalans celebrate their patron saint, Sant Jordi, and a day of romance more

Apr 14, 2016 10:00 AM FEATURES

Murder, romance or history, Barcelona's rich literary offerings mean there's something for everyone. more

Dec 10, 2014 9:15 PM 1 Comments

Barcelona News: Monday 23rd April

Mas voices confidence that fiscal sovereignty will arrive - Booksellers optimistic that Sant Jordi will see significant level sales at difficult time for sector - Iberia cancels 125 flights due to pilot strike more

Apr 23, 2012 10:12 AM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

The Legend of Saint George, a new multi-lingual app for children

Launching just in time for this year's Sant Jordi celebrations, this is a new interactive children's storybook that features the legend of the dragon-slayer in English, Catalan and Castilian more

Apr 1, 2012 11:00 AM MET INSIDER KNOWLEDGE

Impress your friends with these facts and figures about Catalunya's patron saint more

Apr 1, 2012 12:00 AM FEATURES

Thursday 14th April

CiU's abstention ends progress of independence law - Spain fights agressive bank offers - Flower-sellers take action to try and avoid losses on Sant Jordi more

Apr 14, 2011 10:27 AM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

Learning Catalan

Illustration by Kat Cameron

Learning Catalan doesn't have to mean being stuck in a classroom more

Mar 29, 2011 1:13 PM LIVING 1 Comments

Wednesday 12th January

Catalan film up for 14 Goyas - Zapatero to look at changing shop opening times - Sant Jordi celebrations left unchanged more

Jan 12, 2011 10:34 AM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

In season this month are vegetables, seafood and snails more

May 1, 2010 12:01 AM , EATING AND DRINKING

Sant Jordi 2010—La Central book signings

Donna Leon, John Carlin and Matthew Tree will be signing books at La Central on Rambla Catalunya today more

Apr 23, 2010 9:32 AM MET INSIDER KNOWLEDGE

Calling all Barcelona-based English-language writers—tell us here about your publications and spread the word more

Apr 23, 2010 12:01 AM LIVING 8 Comments

Sant Jordi 2010—Foto Colectania

Foto Colectania gets in on the Sant Jordi action more

Apr 22, 2010 3:39 PM MET INSIDER KNOWLEDGE

Sant Jordi 2010—El Mirador dels Immigrants

Newspaper aimed at Barcelona's immigrants marks Sant Jordi with a stall selling Asian books more

Apr 22, 2010 11:41 AM MET INSIDER KNOWLEDGE

Alternative style of roses

Andrea Moreno

Thursday 22nd April

Former Olympic president Juan Antonio Samaranch dies – Flower-sellers expect more successful Sant Jordi than last year – Catalan hotels start to notice negative effects of flight stoppages after several days of higher-than-normal occupation more

Apr 22, 2010 10:28 AM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

For those who want to celebrate Sant Jordi's Day by reading some Catalan literature in English, here's a look at what's available and why there's not more more

Mar 29, 2010 1:00 AM FEATURES

Barcelona is a city that likes celebrating—every month there is something special happening, whether it's a week-long tribute to the local patron saint or a classy celebration of love, read on for our guide to local festivities more

Apr 28, 2009 6:16 PM LIVING

Wednesday 22 April

Promise of money for Catalunya - Good news for car-makers - Florists prepare for Sant Jordi more

Apr 22, 2009 9:42 AM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

Thursday features

Crisis means less people take Easter holidays - Unemployment in Catalunya rises 3.6% - Batman visits Barcelona more

Apr 2, 2009 3:07 PM THE INFORMER NEWS BLOG

Every April 23rd, Catalunya celebrates love and remembers a man who killed a dragon. more

Apr 1, 2009 1:00 AM FEATURES 1 Comments

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