Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi (Saint George) is a very special holiday in Catalonia, Spain. "According to legend, there was a terrifying dragon located in the village of Montblanc, south-west of Barcelona. The dragon was always hungry, so the people in the village gave him one animal a day to keep it from attacking the village. However, one day the dragon ate the last of the animals, and then it started eating the people of the village too. In order to satisfy the hunger of the dragon, the people of the village decided to randomly choose a person every day to be sacrificed to the beast. One day the princess’ name came up, and although that made the King very sad, he sent her to the dragon. But just when the dragon was about to eat the princess, a brave and handsome knight, known as Sant Jordi, rode into town and killed the beast with his spear, saving her life. From the blood of the dragon, there grew a rose bush, and Sant Jordi took a red rose and gave it to the princess as a sign of his love. Everybody in the village was very happy the dragon was dead and they lived peacefully ever after." -Catalans a Aarhus.

Sant Jordi is celebrated on April 23rd, which is also  International Book Day, due to the death anniversary of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. In Catalonia, people celebrate Sant Jordi by exchanging books and roses with their partners, friends and loved ones; now this legend is just a children's fairytale.