SAINT GEORGE’s DAY – Culture and Traditions
15 Apr 2019

SAINT GEORGE’s DAY – Culture and Traditions

WORLD BOOK DAY

Is been told in the
legend that the most beloved princess of the town, was given to a dragon which
frightened them, because there were no sheep enough to feed him. Saint George,
valiant knight, was in the vicinity of the village and after hearing about the
news, unable to allow that, faced the beast. He struck him with a sword and
wounded the dragon fatally. Blood gushed from the wound that, at the feet of
the knight, became a bright puddle where precious red roses bloomed.

Here was where the tradition of giving, every April 23, the day of saint knighted, a red rose to every beloved woman, was born. To this was added, years later, the present of a book to men, in commemoration of the celebration of World Book Day in honour of the death of two major milestones of literary history, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, dead on April 23, also according to the legend.

Generations of parents
and children have heard about the legendary knight and the dragon killing, but
if there is a land that traditionally has taken the reins of the festival, that
has been Catalonia. In our lands,
each 23 of this month, although not listed as a national holiday, the crowd is
organized to go out and expose, on a claim way somehow, liveliness and
brilliance of a celebration that combines tradition, culture and gastronomy
typical. Maximum exponent of a unique day, the city of Barcelona assumes the
primary role of the historical date and includes in its most emblematic streets
–Las Ramblas and surroundings-, hundreds of stands where buying roses and
stalls where not only books but also their authors, are the main focus of
attention of visitors and of the people of this small country. Activities
related to cultural leisure, such as the mythical reading of the legend of
Saint George, concerts, literary events in libraries and a long list of events,
come together in the Catalan calendar every April 23.

And while the
popularity of this feast is established in our community on the Mediterranean,
there are many countries that pay honour to Saint George and which have in this
saint, its patron. Within the Spanish geography, communities such as Aragon,
Caceres or Santurce (Vizcaya) celebrate, in a different way of Catalan people
(also adopted by the Balearic Islands and Valencia), the sanctification of this
knight, who carried the recovery of these lands to the Christians against
Muslims in times of the reconquest thousand years ago. But if there is a
country that pays tribute to its patron and which has the greatest
international impact of this celebration, this is England. Most important
festival, April 23 became the day of national pride for the English. An
essential date in order to imbibe good English culture, attending to any of the
sports tournaments of football, cricket or rugby organized as part of the
cultural celebrations of one of the oldest traditions of England, or coming
near to English food festivals where you can taste traditional sweets, cheeses
and beers; and attend to theatrical performances coincide with the celebrations
for the anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, whom the English people also
pays tribute.

Who was going to tell to this gentleman, Roman military and Greek and Turkish origin, he would end up becoming a hero of a legend, despite actually being a martyr who was beheaded for not renege on his strong Christian faith. At the moment, although the true story treats him sowe will continue living this feast with the cultural connotation that after years and years, has settled in our lands and has taken a toll on the lives of people in each of these regions that celebrate, as well as they know, the feast; in a festive atmosphere where the cultural values and feelings of a nation to defend a lifestyle and kindness and sociability of people, come together.


Avant Grup, transport service supplier with different cultural and sporting entities of our country, echoes the traditions and culture to coincide with a Saint George’s Day where the protagonists are the book and the rose….

It’s a good experience to share a bus tour or visit any town accompanied by a book …


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