As you may know, my father emigrated from Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. I was named for the patron saint of Catalunya, San Jordi (Saint George).
Today is one of my favorite celebrations from my second home- Barcelona. April 23rd is “la diada de San Jordi.” Traditionally, women receive a rose, and men a book. But you can mix it up how you like these days. Of course, this is especially apt as you have done your book posts! The city is covered with street book stalls. A whole city celebrating the love of the book! Nothing could make me happier! Flowers, meh.
Here is a short (2 min) video from BCN.CAT, a public broadcaster, checking in with average folks. You can hear mostly Catalan, a different language. For example, you will hear “roses”= roses, “llibres”=books (the “ll” in Catalan has no English equivalent. It is somewhere between “l” and “e”), “sempre”=always, “vermell”= red, “carrers”= streets.
Bon San Jordi!
- La Diada de Sant Jordi and celebrating books on April 23rd (oup.com)
- Let’s all celebrate Saint George… (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)