It's another holiday in Barcelona....there are roses and books for sale on every corner...they are celebrating the death of Saint George in A.D. 303...his name in Spain is Sant Jorgi.
IIn Catalonia, there was a dragon attacking the kingdom. Scared to death, the
inhabitants decided to give two lambs every day to the dragon to satisfy
its hunger and prevent attack on the village. But when the animals
became scarce it was decided to send a person, chosen by drawing lots,
and a lamb. When a family member was devoured by the dragon, the family
received a rich compensation from the Kingdom's Treasury.
The people get tired of no member of the royal family being
sent and therefore decide that the princess should be sent to the
Dragon. On the way to the cave
of the dragon, the princess found a gentleman or knight of the name
Jorge and he slayed the dragon by stabbing his sword into it and rescued
her. From the blood that flowed from the lifeless body of the monster
was born a red rose which the gentleman handed to the princess.
The king offered the gentleman all the riches imaginable but he
preferred that the riches be allocated to the inhabitants of the
kingdom. In addition, a church was built in his name, from which flowed
miraculous water that was able to heal the sick.
Therefore, in Catalonia, Balearic and parts of Valencia, it is
customary on 23 April for men give away roses to women, like the knight
who addressed the princess. The women give the men a book
By the end of the day, some four million roses and 800,000 books will
have been purchased. Most women will carry a rose in hand, and half of
the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion. I buy Carol and Anne pretty roses in very tasteful arrangements.
In the morning I take some shots of the Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi and then hike uphill to the Park Guell which he also designed.
The park is full so I can't get in, but I get some nice pictures anyway.