La Diada de Sant Jordi

La Diada de Sant Jordi - Rambla de Catalunya

Rambla de Catalunya is lined with stalls selling books and roses

La Diada de Sant Jordi (Sant Jordi’s Day) takes place each year on April 23rd. Sant Jordi is the Catalan name of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia and also England, Greece, Romania and Georgia. The tradition of giving roses on Sant Jordi day dates back to the 15th century.

Sant Jordi Roses

The 23rd of April marks the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes (as well as Catalan writer Josep Pla and English playwright William Shakespeare) and in 1926 Spain declared the date as Spanish Book Day. Sant Jordi Day has become the day of the rose and the book, celebrating both love and culture.

La Diada de Sant Jordi, Books

Browsing books near Plaça de Catalunya

The Generalitat in Plaça de Sant Jaume is open to the public on Sant Jordi’s Day, and visitors can see the historic “Saló de Cent” (Room of One Hundred) and other areas of the city hall.