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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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12/04/2013

Flowers, books and love on Sant Jordi

 

Sant Jordi Day is quite a Catalan affair that takes place here on 23rd April, where lovers celebrate their love and others proclaim their initial love for a special person. So it sounds rather like a Spanish equivalent of Valentine’s Day, but here is less about the cards and more about the chivalry honor, roses and the exchange of a book. Historically a man presents a rose to his loved one, whilst the woman gives a book and this custom still takes place to this very day.

 

Florists and many other bookshop owners, set up stalls selling an array of books and roses. You will see many of them up and down the city, personally I prefer to give my money to the charities, who put the money back into good causes. Since medieval times, roses have been commonly associated with this, but the giving and receiving is a tradition that  started in 1923, when a bookseller began to promote the holiday to commemorate the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616. So now love and literacy is beautifully combined.

 

If you are planning on visiting the city, DestinationBCN have Barcelona apartments in central locations.

 

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