I remember the first time I saw another author writing about World Book Day. I was thrilled and shared the post immediately – it was, after all, an amazing idea. Recently, however, I’ve been noticing an increase in the number of different book days that cross my computer screen while I scroll through my social media. I decided to look into them and their origins. To my surprise, I found an interesting tradition in Spain that I hadn’t heard of before.
If you haven’t been told the story of St. George, it is an interesting one, especially for fantasy lovers. A great dragon threatened the lands and, to appease its anger, sacrifices were made of young women. The unlucky lady’s name was chosen by ballot. One fateful day the king’s daughter’s name was chosen and the princess became the offering. One man emerged to save the day. St. George braced all of his courage and might into a thrust of his sword – thus slaying the dragon. Afterward, he presented the princess with a rose from a bush which grew on the spot where the dragon’s blood soaked the soil – a token of his love. The thought of such romance brings a red flush to my face.
St. George’s Day takes place on April 23rd every year and is essentially the same as our Valentine’s Day. Men give their female relatives and partners roses. Women, give the men in their lives books.
Although not a public holiday, if you visit regions rich with these traditions on St. George’s Day you will find markets open selling flowers and books. Expect to find some amazing author signings and book festivals as well.
I don’t know about everyone else, but this sounds like a perfect vacation destination to me. I just added celebrating St. George’s Day to my bucket list. It sounds like an amazing celebration. I wonder how many others there are waiting for me to discover them.
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