Monday, April 23, 2012

Sant Jordi 2012

Hey everyone! One more year it's Sant Jordi's day and one more year I'm away from home. Most of you won't have a clue of what I'm talking about, but I'm sure there are some Catalans out there reading who will relate. I don't want to repeat myself too much, so here's the entry from last year (wow, a year has passed already!) where I explained what the day is about and how we celebrate it in Barcelona: Sant Jordi from the Distance.

Long story short, we celebrate this day by going to the streets and buying books to give to our beloved ones (also roses to the ladies, but I would be fair and give them a nice book as well!) Many authors go to the stands that the bookstores prepare in cities like Barcelona to sign their works and greet the readers. Such a cultural day for the Catalans! 

Now, this is New York City... there has to be somewhere to celebrate the day. Well, that's when I find an article telling me that there was an event at an Upper East Side Barnes and Noble to celebrate it. I missed it, but still sounds pretty awesome to me. At the event there was a workshop for kinds, an exchange of books and roses and discounts on the books. Also, the author Roger Evans read from his work on Catalan composer Xavier Montsalavatge with a little concert in his tribute.

"Sant Jordi, or Saint George, is the patron saint of Catalonia. His holiday is “the most important cultural event that the Catalans do,” said Salavedra, who has been president of the Catalan Institute of America for the last seven years."
"The Instituto Cervantes, a language school and cultural center on East 49th Street that is endorsed by the Spanish government, will hold its own event “in the spirit of the Catalan tradition.”
It will give all visitors that day a rose and a book, and schoolchildren will come by to read passages from Don Quixote in multiple languages."

You can read the whole article here: link.

Let me share some of my culture with this funny video about the legend of Saint George (Sant Jordi). I still remember how we used to perform every 23rd of April at school and make a show out of the story of Saint George. Good times!

Have a good one and see you soon!

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