• Bookstand on Sant Jordi, 23rd April / Sílvia Jardí

    Catalonia celebrates St Jordi's Day with books, roses and signatures for the referendum

    Every year on 23rd April, the UNESCO World Book Day, Catalans celebrate their patron saint, Sant Jordi's Day (Saint George). It is one of the Catalans’ most cherished national days, when people give books and red roses to friends and loved ones in celebration of love and literature. Traditionally men used to give a red rose to women and women gave men books in return. But the tradition has evolved and nowadays men and women both give and receive books and roses to each other as well as to friends and even co-workers. This year’s Sant Jordi's Day was an especially sunny day in Catalonia. The streets of Barcelona and all around the country were flooded with books and flower stands, where people lined up to buy books and roses or just stroll around enjoying the magic moment. Like every year hundreds of authors from Catalonia but also from all around the world came to the Catalan capital to sign their books and to join the festive atmosphere. In addition, emblematic buildings such as Gaudi’s Casa Batlló on the famous Passeig de Gracia was decorated with red roses and encouraged visitors to learn about the legend of Sant Jordi.

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Bookstand on Sant Jordi, 23rd April / Sílvia Jardí

24.04.17 - 19:39

Catalonia celebrates St Jordi's Day with books, roses and signatures for the referendum

Every year on 23rd April, the UNESCO World Book Day, Catalans celebrate their patron saint, Sant Jordi's Day (Saint George). It is one of the Catalans’ most cherished national days, when people give books and red roses to friends and loved ones...
Roses and books to celebrate Sant Jordi's Day at London's Borough Market (by ACN)

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Sant Jordi to be celebrated in 50 countries worldwide

One of Catalonia’s most beloved festivals, Sant Jordi, will be celebrated in a record 50 countries worldwide this year. Although Catalonia’s Patron Saint Day is on the 23rd of April, there are activities related to...

Frame of 'The Chechen Family', which wins the 19th edition of DocsBarcelona (by ACN)

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DocsBarcelona to screen ‘Hacking Justice’

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Roses are one of Sant Jordi's key elements (by ACN)

23.04.17 - 19:55

Catalan culture fills London’s Borough Market on Sant Jordi

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A bouquet of 'Freedom' red roses and white flowers on the foreground (by ACN)

20.04.17 - 12:03

Florists forecast strong sales of roses during Sant Jordi weekend

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Catalan architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, winners of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (by ACN)

02.03.17 - 17:22

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'A Monster Calls' won 8 Gaudí Awards (by ACN)

30.01.17 - 14:54

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Book stall at Barcelona's Rambla de Catalunya (by ACN)

23.04.17 - 10:13

Thousands flock to the streets to celebrate love and literature on Sant Jordi’s Day

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Catalonias and the Balearic Islands' stand at 2017 Bologna Children's Book Fair (by ACN)

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Clara Simón's 'Estiu 1993' won Best First Feature Award at 67th Berlinale (by ACN)

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Catalan film 'Estiu 1993', Best First Feature Award at Berlinale

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The Director of the Dali Museums, Montse Aguer, looking at a picture of the painting online (by ACN)

27.01.17 - 18:15

“Lost” Dali portrait of his sister to be auctioned in London

The painting, which comes on the market for the first time, will lead Bonhams’ Impressionist and Modern Art sale on Thursday 2 March, and has a guide estimate of €942,000-€1,413,000. The work is a portrait of Dali’s sister, Anna Maria,...
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