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ST GEORGE’S DAY The 23rd April is St George’s Day and, in Catalonia, it’s a very special day. The legend says that there was a village whose inhabitants were frightened by a dragon. The villagers had to give the dragon a young lady to eat every week otherwise it would kill all the people in the village. So, the king decided to toss for the lady who had to be given to the dragon. Therefore, every week one young lady was sacrificed and given to the dragon but, as time went by, there were less and less ladies in the village until one day only the king’s daughter remained. The king didn’t want his daughter to die but the princess accepted her will and she walked to the dragon’s cave. She was in the dragon’s claws when, suddenly, a brave knight appeared. The knight, called George, killed the dragon with his spear. From the dragon’s blood, a red rose grew up and this was George’s love present to the princess, who accepted to marry him. This is how St. George save the princess and the whole village from the devil dragon. For this reason, Catalan men give red roses to their girlfriends, wives, mothers and daughters as a symbol of love. On the other hand, women give a book to men as a present. This day the streets of the country are full of stalls selling roses and books. In our high-school, we celebrate this day with several activities: -

Some days before 23rd April, we decorate the high-school with elements related to this festivity.


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We organise a literary competition. Students write poems or narrations, either in Catalan, Spanish or English, two weeks before St. George’s Day and then, on the 23rd April, we give the awards to the winners.

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We invite a writer to have a lecture about his/her books, the process of creating and literature in general.


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We organise some workshops related to culture and literature, for example creating a paper rose, designing a bookmark, learning about photography, etc...

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We finish the day with a festival where students act and sing.

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The older students sell roses and old books to collect money to go to a school trip.

We hope you can enjoy a similar day as ours.


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