March 31, 2016 | Magdalena Wimmer
Some say love, it is a river
Some say love, it is a razor
Some say love, it is a hunger
I say love, it is a flower
And you, its only seed...
Another great tradition the Catalans use to celebrate is
"La Diada de Sant Jordi", which means Saint George's Day. It's like the catalan Valentine's Day and you can either give your loved ones a rose or a book. In former times it was usual to buy a rose for the women and a book for the men, but there's no strict rule. The reason to exchange gifts like these is, that on the 23rd of April, we also celebrate "El Dia de la Rosa" (The Day of the Rose) and "El Dia del Llibre" (The Day of the Book).
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is going to look like a sea of roses. You will be able to buy them everywhere in the city, but especially at the well-known street "Las Ramblas". You can find a lot of stands selling roses in all colours or makeshift bookstalls.
On this day it's all about love, the magic of words to inspire us everyday by reading a book and, of course, to honour St. George, who was a soldier in the Roman army who later became venerated as a Christian martyr and Patron Saint. A special honour is given by the historical place "Paulau de la Generalitat" (Barcelona's Principal Government Building; Barrio - Ciutat Vella). It's only open three times a year and the 23rd of April is one of these days.
For those of you who are visiting Barcelona at this time and are into books, there's a big offer of readings of author's in cafés or bookstores, a 24 hours-reading-marathon or you just enjoy the beauty of the city with all the roses, music, artists and streetperformers.
Get inspired by a special day in a special city, celebrating one of the most amazing things: LOVE.
And if you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong...
...just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows,
lies the seed that with the sun's love - in the spring becomes the rose.
(Bette Midler - "The Rose")