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!