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Celebrate Saint George like a local--with books and roses
Imagine Barcelona--filled to the brim and beyond with mountains of books and buckets of roses. Students fund-raising, Romanian gypsies, and Charities hawk cut roses in every color of the rainbow--indeed, even rainbow-colored versions compete with miniature rose bushes, and rose-themed bookmarks, art and jewelry. Bookstores and florists are open extra hours for their busiest day of the year. Glass cases in bakeries and chocolate shops display Sant Jordi breads (usually made with pork) in festive red and yellow, and everything from muffins to cakes decorated with roses, and the occasional dragon. La Diada de Sant Jordi, or Saint George's Day is the local version of Valentine's Day. While tradition dictates roses for women, and books for men exchanged between romantic partners, modern practitioners give as they please. A chocolate rose, or dragon for a friend or lover with a sweet-tooth, and a book about gardening and a rose bush for your favorite family member with a green thumb, anything goes--I've seen Barcelonans lugging home everything from orchids to e-readers for loved ones.
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