So its popularly known the day of sant jordi as the catalans lovers day. Apr 23, 2016 on 24 april, borough market hosts a sant jordi event noon4pm with the help of newham bookshop, enabling londoners to enjoy their own literary st georges day topics catalonia holidays. Books and roses stalls are set on the streets of every town in catalonia. The annual celebration on 23 april is world book night, an event organized by independent charity the reading agency united states of america. Sant jordi on the 23rd of april, one of catalonias most. Booksandroses celebrate 23 april worldbookday with. At the same time, 23rd april is also world book day, as promoted by unesco since 1995.
World book and copyright day marked around world xinhua. The rock palace hostel by sant jordi hostels barcelona is a highend design hostel, with all the best facilities, central location, friendly service, and social atmosphere. Documents show that the tradition of giving away roses as a symbol of love on the day of sant jordi, dates back to the 15th century, even though the exact date is not known. Jordis day, barcelonas most romantic day of the year for book lovers, when catalans exchange roses and books with those they love. Posted on april 10, 2016 updated on april 10, 2016. St georges day in catalonia coincides with world book day and is an. As far as spain is concerned, sant jordi is the patron saint of both catalunya and aragon.
Apr 21, 2018 its become so important, in fact, that whilst spain and many other countries around the world celebrate saint valentines day on 14th february, in catalonia that date plays very much second fiddle to sant jordi. Celebrating world book day sant jordi is a catalan tradition that combines books and roses to express love. Travel virtually to spains catalunya region for sant jordis. How we celebrate sant jordi book day 2016 in barcelona youtube. Locals celebrate the day of sant jordi saint george, the patron saint of catalonia by rummaging through the many stands in search of. At sant jordi hostels we also have free luggage storage.
Free wifi is provided throughout the building and there are guest computers with free highspeed internet available 247. It is also called the feast or the festival of st george. Its one of the most beautiful festivals in catalonia and the most romantic. Traditionally, on sant jordis day men presented their lovers with roses, while women gave their lovers a book in return. It is speckled with numerous, small, cafelined plazas and cool hideaway streets with interesting shops and bars. The gracia hostel by sant jordi hostels barcelona is a stylish boutique hostel in the coolest neighborhood of barcelona. The sant jordi day is celebrated on 23rd april, which is the date in the year 303 on which saint george of cappadocia died. Jordis day, as explained by an americanisraeli jew. Sant jordi festival barcelona catalonia 2020 saint georges.
Sant jordi, is patron saint of catalonia since 1094 and is for the catalans, the protective hero who defeated the dragon and saved the princess, symbol of victory over evil. My sant jordi day experience barcelona 2016 youtube. Our first sant jordi day in barcelona video gimme some oven. There are various versions of the story, but these facts always remain the same. All day the streets around the citys central plaza, pl. Each year, people flock to the streets to celebrate this catalan equivalent to valentines day. On this day, it is custom for couples to exchange gifts. His impressions are reproduced here as an exercise in translation, as international book day april 23 is around the corner again.
It is about 5 minutes walk from catalunya square with a quick access to a museum and a cathedral. The day starts with a special event for young readers, with book artist esther k smith, the. The idea for celebrating this day originated in spain where on 23 april is st georges day sant jordi or khdus giyorgis, the patron saint of catalonia, ethiopia, england, georgia, greece and many other places. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the pool on our rooftop patio or hangout in one of our famous rockbar themed. Apr 21, 2020 in the 1920s, the catalan booksellers association imagined women could respond with the gift of a book and the sant jordi book festival was launched. Searching for a book on the crowded las ramblas, barcelona. On the day of departure checkout, guest who are scheduled for departure have until 11. Sant jordi on the 23rd of april, one of catalonias most beloved days. Travel virtually to spains catalunya region for sant jordis holiday and threeday world book festival. It has the best designhostel facilities, fun activities, great services, and an ideal location. It is a very popular festival that combines culture and romanticism, celebrating both world book day and valentines day. It is one of the most original celebrations in catalonia and takes place in spring, on 23 april. Monday 23rd april around andorra see below for more info about the festival encamp.
Over the years, it has become a traditional and emotional feast in which lovers a rose and a book exchange. Sant jordis day the catalan lovers day sant jordi saint george is the patron saint of catalonia, whose festival is celebrated on april 23. Memorable quotes and exchanges from movies, tv series and more. There are comfortable, modern common areas, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, towels, 24 hour free internet access, free lockers, free storageroom, male and female. Apr 17, 2017 in 2016, a lot of foreign visitors discovered the sant jordi booksandroses activities during a weekend stay in barcelona, among them the venezuelan foreign affairs commentator moises naim.
Sant jordi is the catalan name of saint george, who is the patron saint of catalonia and also of neighbouring autonomous community. The main event is the exchange of roses and books between sweethearts, loved ones and colleagues. Jordi s day, barcelonas most romantic day of the year for book lovers, when catalans exchange roses and books with those they love. Apartaments sant jordi comtal 33 located 10 minutes walk from barcelona city center, apartaments sant jordi comtal 33 apartment features an elevator and a safe deposit box. The cocoordinators meg berkobien and alice mcadams handed out flowers, cookies, handmade book marks, and screen prints of their favorite translations. Its the feast day of catalonias patron saint, saint george, when men would give their beloved a chivalrous rose. In kensington, maryland, the international day of the book is celebrated with a. Apr 19, 2016 sant jordi on the 23rd of april, one of catalonias most beloved days. Sant jordi coincides with the international book day and. George, the patron saint of both catalonia and england.
For the day of books and roses on april 23, the city council has made. How we celebrate sant jordi book day 2016 in barcelona. It was only in 1923 that women started buying books for men, when the valencian writer and book salesman vicente clavel, realising that sant jordis deathday coincided with those of cervantes and shakespeare, decided to encourage people to give books as well as roses to their loved ones. Balance del curso 20 on sant jordi and the world book sant jordi and the w. Around 20 million euros worth of books are sold on sant jordi s day in catalunya. In the united kingdom and ireland, world book day is a charity event in march, held annually on the first thursday and coinciding with the release of special editions. Aug 08, 2016 great little hotel sant jordi boutique hotel. Whilst we were there, we took a day trip to montserrat we were told that this translates as serrated mountain, which you. See more ideas about saint george, st georges day and saint george and the dragon. Well, besides being the day of sant jordi, this day is also the international day of the book, because the 23rd of april is the anniversary of cervantes death in 1616 in the gregorian calendar and in addition, another great author, william shakespeare died on the same day in the julian calendar may 3rd in the gregorian calendar. Sant jordi aka saint george is the patron saint of catalonia, and although his saints day. This biography wants to take off some of the dust of 400 years of history that have settled on cervantes. While it is true that sant jordi is the day to give your lover a gift of a book and a. Gracia hostel barcelona sant jordi hostels barcelona.
Moises naim discovers sant jordi 2016 literary rambles. Ive just returned from an easter break with the other half to barcelona. The gracia hostel, by sant jordi hostels barcelona, is located in the hippest neighborhood in barcelona. In catalonia the world book day becomes an especially romantic festivity.
Furthermore, why this day is the day of lovers and sant jordi has become the patron saint of lovers is not known with certainty. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Barcelona, april 24, 2016 xinhua casa batllo, a renowned building in spains barcelona designed by modernist architect antoni gaudi, is decorated with roses on its balconies in barcelona, spain, on april 23, 2016. Eventually these fairs started to fill with book stands to commemorate the legend of sant jordi, and it became tradition for women to give men. Its become so important, in fact, that whilst spain and many other countries around the world celebrate saint valentines day on 14th february, in catalonia that date plays very much second fiddle to sant jordi. The history of the written word is the history of humanity. Casa batllo had its balconies full of roses on saturday to celebrate the day of sant jordi, patron saint of catalonia. The gracia is the bohemian, artistic center of the city. Sant jordi the day of the book and the rose all andorra. In 1923 the tradition of rose giving was expanded to include the ladies giving the men a book on sant jordi s day. Saint georges day, also known as the feast of saint george, is the feast day of saint george as celebrated by various christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries and cities of which saint george is the patron saint including bulgaria, england, and regions of portugal and spain catalonia and aragon. Otherwise, sant jordi hostels reserves the right to charge an additional night at the going rate.
The day before we arrived i ran the hotel reception and asked if my wife and i could have a room on the top floor with a sea view, on arrival we were put in. In addition, he is the patron saint of countries such as bulgaria, ethiopia, georgia, england or portugal, and cities such as timbuktu mali. Today, both men and women give roses and books to their friends, family, and. Saint george day commemorates this saints supposed death on the 23 april 303.
Saint george was a hero he saved a beautiful princess who was about to come to a sticky end at the hands of a dragon who had been terrorising a village. Get your free rose with any book purchase this saturday at 57th street books as we celebrate st. Jordis day became catalonias love holiday, which is celebrated by the exchange of roses and books among lovers and friends. On 24 april, borough market hosts a sant jordi event noon4pm with the help of newham bookshop, enabling londoners to enjoy their own literary st. Its wellpreserved medieval heritage makes you feel as though youre stepping back in time, plus during the week that sant jordi day takes place theres a medieval festival that dresses up the whole village with flags, weapons and all kinds of curious things. The people in catalonia celebrate the day of their patron saint, sant jordi, with a curious tradition. Catalunya, teem with men selecting roses and women examining books.
Apr 23, 2016 the idea for celebrating this day originated in spain where on 23 april is st georges day sant jordi or khdus giyorgis, the patron saint of catalonia, ethiopia, england, georgia, greece and many other places. Apr 24, 2016 sant jordi, is patron saint of catalonia since 1094 and is for the catalans, the protective hero who defeated the dragon and saved the princess, symbol of victory over evil. The day before we arrived i ran the hotel reception and. Sant jordi is considered the patron saint of many places, including england, bulgaria and portugal. In the 1920s, the catalan booksellers association imagined women could respond with the gift of a book and the sant jordi book festival was launched. Sant jordi festival barcelona catalonia 2020 saint. Saint georges day is celebrated every year on 23rd april to commerate his death on that date in the year 303. Where did the book tradition come from on st georges day. The story of sant jordi is the same as the one that is known worldwide. Unesco apparently thought this was a pretty awesome idea too and decided to make april 23rd world book day in the 1990s. This day, as a very traditional custom in catalonia, all men give a red rose to women as a present, and women give a book to men. Apr 16, 2019 to celebrate sant jordi like medieval royalty, you should visit montblanc.1293 1467 932 495 203 149 1424 39 989 94 712 1332 673 1520 448 975 591 982 774 1291 1029 1338 1231 1613 969 813 72 528 1512 1514 1282 500 1329 651 629 729 1026 446 237