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The history of Sant Jordi

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Sant Jordi, the day of the rose and the book (c) Gencat.cat

Legend has it that, a long time ago, in Catalonia inhabited a dragon that had all its inhabitants frightened. The hungry and ruthless dragon used to fly over the small towns annihilating their cattle and even, at times, devouring a child that crossed their path. Nothing and no one was able to face him; there was no way to end so much misery.

The animals were disappearing under the claws of the fierce and heartless dragon, to such an extent that there was no more way to satisfy the beast's desires and human sacrifices had to be raised.

So that the King had no choice but to summon the people to make a raffle in which everyone, noble and vassals alike, would sacrifice themselves one by one to keep the dragon's appetite stabilized.

Bronze sculpture of Sant Jordi (Frederic Marès) in the Palau de la Generalitat. (C) gencat.cat

The time for the draw has arrived and, to everyone's surprise, the first person to be sacrificed should be the princess de Catalunya, the daughter of the King. His Majesty the King, a righteous man with his people, sad and desolate, ordered that the princess be taken to the place where she should be delivered to the dragon. The princess, frightened, did not protest and accepted that sacrifice was necessary for the sake of her beloved kingdom. The people cried inconsolably seeing one of the most beloved beings of the reign depart, helpless, sad, terrified.

The time came, there seemed to be no turning back, the dragon sharpened its fangs, the prey was ready and prepared. But at that moment, on the horizon, a rider on a beautiful horse appeared, which was moving swiftly and quickly to the place where the dragon was to carry out the greatest sacrifice remembered in the reign.

He was the knight Jordi, a brave and fearless warrior arrived from the northern lands, willing to fight the dragon and free the princess from her claws. The battle was cruel and fierce, but finally Jordi, with his spear, managed to reach the heart of the dragon, who died bled.

They say that a rose rose grew from the dragon's blood, and that Jordi approached him, tore a rose, and gave it to the princess, who, free and excited, surrendered to the arms of the brave warrior who had just saved her and her beloved people.

After the years, the princess left her memories embodied in a book that was passed from hand to hand, from generation to generation, until today, in which we continue to remember this story, a story of courage, courage and solidarity, a story of love, the history of Sant Jordi.

Today, April 23rd, we all remember our hero Sant Jordi, and in his honor the ladies give a book to their dear men and the gentlemen give a rose to their beloved women.

Happy day of Sant Jordi.

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