You might or might now know the legend or the tradition here or perhaps you have heart about it from other countries who celebrate it such as England. Although I can't say much about the English version, I can assure you that in Catalonia we have a huge beautiful celebration. But, what is it? Today i, the one and only day of BOOKS AND ROSES (they mean love).
23rd of April
Once upon a time there was a beautiful kingdom, but they had a huge (and never better said) issue: within its territories there is a cave in the mountains alongside which hides a big scary dragon. That monster would eat one sheep or one cow every single day. However, one day, there were no more animals to feed the dragon and the king then had a terrible problem.
His only options was to give one of his inhabitants to be eaten the following days. As he didn't want to be an unfair monarch he made a ruffle with all the names of his people and whatever the name which got out was, that person should go to the cave. But things made a twist when the name which got out was the one and only of the king's daughter, the princess.
When the next day the young and lovely lady was walking to the dragons home, a gorgeous knight came out of the blue. He was committed to save the princess so as the monster was coming closer he took his sword and killed the dragon. From the animal's blood, a brilliant and red rosebush came out, and the charming knight cut one and gave it to the princess. And well, they lived happily ever after.
Plus! Today is also the International Book Day (as on the 23rd of April died both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes). So, we also celebrate it and that is why you can find a numerous amount of stalls full with books in the streets -and you know, at the very least once a year almost everybody buys a book.
And another classical thing -shall I not forget that- is the Saint George's day cake -yep the one below (even though I have actually never tasted it)!
Here is a rose for you!