Sant Jordi in Barcelona
Each year the death of the patron saint of Catalonia, Sant Jordi (St. George), 23 April 303 a.d,is commemorated.
Legend has it that in Cappadocia (Turkey) a dragon attacked the kingdom. To prevent these attacks, the people decided that every day there would be a draw to choose a person to be sent to the monster to defeat it. One day Princess Sweepstakes was selected . Although many offered to go in her place, she walked out to the dragon's lair. When the princess was about to be devoured, St. George appeared, rescued the princess and killed the dragon plunging a sword into his heart. From the blood of the dragon a rose grew.
Considered the day of love in Catalonia, it is customary for men to give a rose to women on the day of Sant Jordi. In return the women present the men with a book. The presence of the book is that 23 April is also International Book Day, which since 1930 commemorates the death of Miguel de Cervantes.
Every April 23 Barcelona is filled with stalls selling; roses,books, and the balconies are decorated with senyeras (the Catalunyan flag). La Rambla, where the festival reaches its peak , is awash in rivers of people and book stalls.
It is also tradition to eat the bread that day of Sant Jordi.