Sant Jordi 2014

While every holiday here is incredibly fun and full of life, there is no holiday in Barcelona that compares to Sant Jordi.  It is by and far my absolute favorite.  For those that might not remember, Sant Jordi is Barcelona’s answer to Valentine’s Day only bigger and better.

Instead of the traditional Hallmark card, roses and chocolate, it’s a bit of a twist here.  Combined with International Book Day, the tradition is that men give women a rose and women give men a book. This can be a friend, a family member or someone you love – it does not matter.  It is all inclusive. Continue reading

Sant Jordi 2013

Sant Jordi is hands down one of my favorite holidays here in Barcelona.  It’s the Valentine’s Day of Spain but better.  Streets are lined with kiosks of flower and book vendors.  Men give women roses and women give men books.  It’s a beautiful exchange and you see men and women walking around holding their precious books and roses all day. Continue reading

Love is in the Air… Diada de Sant Jordi

It’s that time of year again… Diada de Sant Jordi.  Or St. George’s day to those who don’t live in Catalunya.  In Barcelona, Sant Jordi is like Valentines day, except instead of a Hallmark card and lavish gifts, men give women a rose and women give men a book (because it’s also International Book day).  The streets are lined with vendors selling both roses and books and it’s just a happy and festive day overall.  You can’t help but be caught up in the good mood of the day. Continue reading

Diada de Sant Jordi – Valentines Day in Barcelona

On Friday, April 23 we celebrated Diada de Sant Jordi, the patron Saint of Catalonia. In US terms, it was Valentines Day here. But Sant Jordi Day is celebrated very differently here than back at home. While at home in many ways it’s considered a Hallmark holiday, here it is a tradition. And while there have been some increased in commercialism here surrounding Diada de Sant Jordi, it is not nearly the commercialism that we have at home. Continue reading