When a man loves a woman / Cuando un hombre ama a una mujer

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    La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as el dia de la rosa (The Day of the Rose) or el dia del llibre (The Day of the Book) is a Catalan holiday celebrated on April 23 similar to Valentine's Day with some unique twists that show the ancient practice of this day. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and respected ones--historically, men gave their girlfriends and wives roses, and women gave their boyfriends and husbands a book to celebrate the occasion. In modern times, the mutual exchange of books is customary. Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent marketing ploy. In 1923, a smart bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to honour the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616. Barcelona is the publishing capital in both Catalan and Spanish and this heady one-two punch of love and literacy was quickly adopted.

    On Barcelona's principal street, La Rambla, and all over the city, hundreds of stands of roses and makeshift bookstalls are hastily set up for the occasion. By the end of the day, some four million roses and 400,000 books will have been purchased in the name of love. You will be hard-pressed to find a woman without a rose in hand, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion.

    And while La Diada de Sant Jordi is not an "official" holiday, most romantics ditch the office to stroll the beautiful streets of Barcelona and to take in the sultry springtime weather. Love is definitely in the air, but even if you don't have a novio to smooch on a park bench there are still plenty of things to see and do.

    For example, the sardana, the national dance of Catalonia, will be performed throughout the day in the Plaça Sant Jaume. And many book stores and cafes host readings by noted authors (look out for 24-hour marathon readings of Cervantes' "Don Quixote"). And there will be a variety of street performers and musicians on hand to add a romantic ambience to nearly every public square and plaza.

    Additionally, April 23rd is the only day of the year when the Palau de la Generalitat, Barcelona's principal government building, is open to the public. Inside this Gothic architectural masterpiece you'll see huge displays of roses created to honour Saint George.

    More info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diada_de_Sant_Jordi

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    CASTELLANO
    El Día de San Jorge conmemora la muerte de Jorge de Capadocia el 23 de abril del año 303. San Jorge es considerado patrón de diversas naciones y territorios, entre ellos Inglaterra, Georgia, Etiopía, Bulgaria y Portugal. En España es patrón de las regiones de Aragón, Castilla y León y Cataluña, y de las localidades de Cáceres y Alcoy, entre otras.

    Además el 23 de abril fue declarado el Día Internacional del Libro por la UNESCO en 1996.

    Tradicionalmente en Cataluña la Diada de Sant Jordi como es conocido este día allí, es el día de los enamorados, en el cual las personas intercambian y regalan rosas y libros a su pareja y personas queridas. Se cree que la tradición de regalar en esta fecha una rosa a la mujer amada se remonta probablemente hasta el siglo XV. Algunas versiones hacen coincidir esta práctica con la Feria de las rosas o de los enamorados que tenía lugar en Barcelona durante el verano. Es un hecho constrastado que en aquella época ya se repartían rosas a las mujeres que asistían a la misa oficiada en la capilla de San Jorge del Palacio de la Generalidad de Cataluña en esta fecha.

    El Día de San Jorge tiene un aspecto reinvindicativo de la cultura catalana y muchos balcones lucen la bandera autónoma, la senyera. En toda Cataluña se venden cromos y llaveros llegando a su máxima expresión en las Ramblas, donde a los puestos habituales se añaden temporales. Es tradicional promover la venta de libros con firmas de los autores y un descuento al precio de venta. Normalmente también se realizan actividades en las bibliotecas y conciertos en las calles que se añaden a la agenda cultural de la ciudad condal.

    Más info: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%c3%ada_de_San_Jorge

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    1. ellhoisa 84 months ago | reply

      Muy romántica, si señor !

    2. MayteVidri 84 months ago | reply

      Es una rosa preciosa! Feliz Sant Jordi!

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    3. pandorga 84 months ago | reply

      Maravilosa rosa! Me encanta su reflejo.
      Bon Sant Jordi!

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    6. Cecilia Gilabert 84 months ago | reply

      Veo que lo has pasado bien el día de Sant Jordi :-D

    7. rubi55 84 months ago | reply

      Estoy llegando tarde, pero igual me llevo mi pétalo de rosa, que seguro fue lo que quedo jejej!!! ;-))

    8. Alvaro Carreras 84 months ago | reply

      Que bonito. La flor es preciosa, me encanta la textura.

    9. toalafoto 83 months ago | reply

      Excelente color y excelente encuadre. muy buena foto

    10. ♪PeTiToNaH♪ 79 months ago | reply

      UAU! Es...indescriptible. Senzillament preciosa, m'encanta, te... màgia.

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