La Diada de Sant Jordi! Saint George or Sant Jordi in Catalan is a lovable and chivalrous gent who is the patron saint of Catalonia and Saint George in England. Although I am sure today Saint George’s day is celebrated in a far less romantic style in the UK to that of Barcelona’s medieval hero. Barcelona ( and right across Catalonia) celebrates it with roses for the ladies and in turn they exchange them with a book for their sweethearts. This is the Catalan equivalent of St. Valentine’s day
Somehow I would prefer a yellow climbing rose bush and a new book – some chance of that!
Pulling into the car park at Hospital de la Santa Creu, Jesús, I was amused to see how many ladies were leaving with a single red rose in their hands. Mmmmh…I wonder who gave them their roses? Needless to say mother’s appointment went without any dramas, so we headed off to Eroski.
I enviously looked at all the bookshops who had brought out tables onto the pavements and were displaying a wonderful array of books across them. Some folk just stopped by and browsed, others bought one or two or more. How many admirers do they have? A lady explained. These days you buy a book for every male in your household. My husband has to buy more red roses as there are more women in our home! We shared the joke in laughter and I proceeded on, but still I mused sulkily to myself, I wanted a b-o-o-k!
Pushing the trolley around Eroski, it self-propelled to the books displayed and aah, right there in the middle of the pile was one of my favourite children’s stories. I grabbed it and paged avidly through it. The illustrations are just positively delightful.
“Sant Jordi i el drac” – the author is Anna Canyelles and the drawings are by Roser Calafell
Who knows? My next book review may be one of a Catalan childrens book. Now that would be a novel experience and somewhat of a challenge to me, who is just setting out on the route of learning Catalan.