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23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

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23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

St Jordi is Catalunya's patron saint, legend has it that he fought a dragon and won just south of Barcelona.

23 April is a Catalan national holiday, and a magical day to be in Barcelona.

Ladies get gifts of red roses (it is said that a rose bush grew out from the wound of the dragon and the flowers were coloured the red of dragon blood) and gentlemen get gifted books.

It is recognised as a special day for books and there is a 10% discount on all purchases. The book celebration came from a Barna bookseller last century noting that 23rd April was the anniversary of the death of Shakepeare, surely it MUST be the same day that Cervantes died, and should be celebrated with gifts of books.

Last year was a record year, 6 million red roses and an estimated €35million worth of books were bought, thats nearly 1 million more roses from the previous year!

I would love to hear from visitors and citizens of Barcelona, what is on and where to look for St Jordi's day activities.

I have my hotel room booked and will be flying my Catalan and Scottish flags from the balcony, hope you can make to to BCN to celebrate too!

All your information gratefully recieved!

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1. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

The Ramblas:

looks at its best. There are rose stalls and bookstalls the whole length of this mighty street. Check out some of the stalls for copies of a list of events, but just walk round and take it all in.

The written word is celebrated in all its forms. Authors signing their books, poets reciting, musicians singing and playrights acting. At the top of the Ramblas in plaça Catalunya theres free concerts on stages, radio stations broadcasting live, El Corte Ingles has bookstalls right down their side of the plaça, and theres more booksignings.

Even in little squares in Barri Gotic theres stages set up and free concerts. Plaça Sant Just is just one of them.

The fun starts around 9am, and carries on until 10pm and later. There a pro-Catalan march down the Rambas starting at 6pm, arrivig plaça sant jaume around 7pm. We will be raising our glasses of cava on the balcony at the hostal mare nostrum, as a proud Scot who can trace their ancestors back through dna to at least 7500 years ago, in Ireland and Scotland, i am always keen to support other countries and peoples who wish to keep their unique culture, language and identity alive!

If you want to get a picture of the full extent of these celebrations, take the bus turistic. EVERYWHERE

there are bookstalls and rose sellers- nuns, students, boy scouts, community groups, schools....

So bring someone you love dearly to Barcelona on friday 23 april and treat them to a rose or a book (ladies- pack a false beard and get both rose AND book!?)

.....what else can TA members report about their st jordi's day experiences?

And its not too late to book cheap flites via www.skyscanner.net and all the other budget airline websites... See you there!!!

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If you can hold out till Sunday 25th a very large number of towns around Catalonia will be holding a referendum on whether their inhabitants would like independence from Spain.

These are unique events because they are organised by citizen´s groups rather than by political parties.

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3. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

Thanks Jim

Was unaware about that. Imagine voting on such a matter and no politicians wanting to do it THEIR way with strings attached! Either way, the outcome of such a vote is a victory for the people of Catalunya.

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4. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

PA DE SANT JORDI

you will find in many of the breadshops in Barcelona a special bread baked for that day, the pa de sant jordi.

It has the red on gold stripes of the Catalan flag, the quatre barres de la senyera. What's that when its at home? Well Wilfred the Hairy lay on the battlefield mortally wounded and had but a gold shield, no coat of arms. So along came King Charles the Bald and dipped his fingers into the hairy one's blood and ran the fingers down the shield. Originally it was all five digits, then it was reduced to four blood red stripes by Jaume I to represent the four Catalan provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Llieda and Tarragona.

Erm dragons blood hairy wilfs blood, hairy wilfred bald charles no wonder La Pelu the hairdressers in carrer argemteria stays open til 2am on the night of a full moon...hair is important to Catalans!

So this special bread-the four red stripes are made from a paste of sobrassada (=majorcan sausage cured by adding large amounts of pimenton, very tasty toasted on bread with honey), the yellow barres is parmesan cheese and 'nous' which my Catalan dictionary fails to confirm for me that i think it is walnuts.

Try some! Or you can even find it on the bakery stall in the Boqueria Market.

Bon profit!

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5. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

Got it in one.

Nous (Cat) = walnuts (Eng)

Whereas of course

nous(Eng) = seny (Cat)

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6. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

Will the restaurants be particularly busy on this day? Should I pre-book for lunch or dinner?

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7. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

Thanks Jim.

Then we better point out that the mighty FCB play at Camp Nou, and it doesnt mean Camp 'walnut'

As for your question about busy busy, its more like a day of celebration than a total shut down public holiday, unless you had a particular time and place to go, i dont think its too bad. A lot of the time you can turn up, if its busy arrange a time to return, then have a wander round or sit in a bar and enjoy what you see.

What i love to see by the evening is just how many ladies are walking round carrying a rose. Little kids out buying a rose for mum or gran or sis. And last year at 21.55pm i was in a queue of 32 people wating patiently at the checkout in a bookshop. With 10% discount, books become even more affordable!

A lot of specialist shops who might otherwise close, stay open to gain much deserved extra custom. Its a day the eixample toddles down to the old town and ask the little shop keepers 'have you been here long? I didnt know you were here' that i have heard often.

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8. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

www.escriba.es

is on the Ramblas just beyond the mighty Boqueria Market, and after all the effort they put into their Easter range, look out for their Sant Jordi specials. Last year they had incredibly detailed st jordi on horseback fighting the dragon pastries, there will be the pastis de sant jordi- a cake in the form of a book with a rose and a st jordi -v- dragon image.

But theres always plenty more besides so take a look not just in the shop window but also go inside and go on, be tempted!

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9. Re: 23 April St Jordis Day -What's on?

Nou, noun: walnut

Whereas

Nou, adj: new

Hence

Camp nou; new ground.

Bet you can´t tell me who played FCB in the first match at the "Camp vell" = Les Corts !

A Scottish team, but not one of the Old Firm.

Clue: ask your buddie.

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Well I'm bummed. We won't arrive into Barcelona until April 25 so we'll miss all these celebrations of St. Jordi Day. But I hope we can score some pa de sant jordi leftovers! What a great story.

Also very interesting to read about the referenda scheduled for April 25 in Catalan towns. We're heading to Girona & I assume it would be included?