St. Jordi´s day blog

‘La Diada de Sant Jordi‘ April 23rd is a day based on romance and literature, a day full of roses and books in Catalonia inspired by the legend of Saint Jordi. This day is viewed as the most romantic day of the year, the true Catalonian version of Valentine’s day, therefore sometimes referred to as ‘El Día de los Amantes,’, a day where men can be knights for a day and girls can become princesses. Whilst St Jordi is not a public holiday, most people take a few minutes out of their day to appreciate this tradition, and the sense of excitement and joy in Catalonia’s atmosphere is astonishing. This festival is celebrated in honour of St Jordi, the co-patron of Catalonia since 1507, alongside our neighbour the Blessed Virgin Mary of Montserrat and Saint Santa Madrona. As well as Spain, due to the popularity of the legend, he became a patron saint of England, Greece, Romania, Georgia among others. Therefore, the festival is also celebrated in England, known as St George’s day. So, who is this man who has caused such commotion? We seem to know little about this historical figure. He was believed to be born around 300 AD in Greece and served as an officer in the Roman army. He held strong Christian beliefs and was executed as a result, thus becoming a martyr among Christians. However, it was not this story that created such recognition. It was the legend that the public fell in love with and rose to fame. This best-known legend stars heroism and love, one reflective of a fairy tale moral with...

Easter After our visit from snow, we are finally welcoming the season of Spring and with it, the Easter holidays. So, let the sun come out, the cold storm fade away and let’s delve into the season of too much chocolate. Easter is one of the most important Christian festivals, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead known as Easter Sunday. This Holy week begins with Maundy Thursday where Christians remember the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples, followed by Good Friday, an unusual choice of name for Jesus’ Crucifixion and the day of mourning, up until Easter Monday which is celebrated as a day of rest. However, like most national holidays, Easter is becoming more commercialised and for some people the holiday has lost its religious meaning. The festival is another excuse for family to get together. Following in America’s footsteps of excessive holiday celebrating, England overindulges the Easter holiday with crazy colours and Easter parades to a much bigger extent than Spain. As soon as Christmas is over, out goes the Christmas merchandise in supermarkets, and in comes the Easter products overflowing the shelves. With Easter marking the beginning of Spring, the holiday is associated with new born animals due to the season being linked with renewal, birth, good luck and fertility. Therefore, images of lambs and chicks hatching from eggs typically symbolise this festivity, hence the evolvement of the chocolate egg and the popular custom of exchanging them. Another animal which acts as a symbol of fertility is the rabbit, and this has resulted in the mascot, the Easter Bunny. Apparently though, the Easter...

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