Sant Jordi, or Saint George, was a knight who allegedly slayed a dragon that was about to eat a helpless princess. When he slayed the dragon he cut off his head. In the blood a rosebush grew and from there Saint George was said to have taken the most beautiful rose to bestow upon his new love. This holiday has been celebrated since the middle ages to celebrate chivalry and romance.
Flower stalls and special cakes made just for today
More flowers. And even the bread is festive today!
Stalls lined up as far as the eye can see along Rambla Catalunya
Aidan’s school had a big Sant Jordi celebration complete with a book fair and roses made by the elementary school children (FYI, it was the only rose I received that day… ahem…Josh). I knew that Aidan’s class was doing something to celebrate the day but I was unaware of what they were doing until the day before. For Carnaval they had done a parade and so I had guessed that they would do something similar. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they were performing a traditional Catalan dance done on Diada de Sant Jordi.
More posts to come from a very fun weekend!