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St George's Day
a rose and a book
El dia de la Rosa / El dia del Llibre / SANT JORDI
One of my favourite traditions in the world: Every St. George’s Day, the Catalans commemorate the death of Shakespeare and Cervantes (on the same day!) by the exchange of a rose and a book. It is traditional for a man to give his lover a rose, and a woman to give her lover a book, but today, the mutual exchange of both items is perfectly acceptable (I AGREE!).
The giving of a book originated in 1923, when a Catalan bookseller decided to promote the holiday by way of Cervantes and Shakespeare. Today, April 23rd is a very popular day for new literary releases, and Barcelona will no doubt be awash with improvised bookstalls and the like, being the publishing capital of the Spanish speaking world.
So give your lover a rose and a book. I can’t think of anything better.