Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Book and Lover's Day

FlowersToday, April 23rd, is Book & Lovers Day when Barcelona erupts in a celebration of chivalry and romance. It began in the Middle Ages with an annual Festival of Roses to honor St. George, Patron Saint of Catalonia, who as a brave Roman soldier allegedly slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful young princess. According to legend, a rosebush sprouted from the blood of the dragon and the soldier plucked its most perfect blossoms to give to the princess as a remembrance. In 1923, the Rose Festival merged with International Book Day, established to celebrate the lives of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, both of whom died on April 23rd in 1616. Now, bookstalls and flower stands sprout up along the Rambla, a two-mile stretch connecting the city with the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of Barcelonans crowd the streets to enjoy a festive atmosphere of readings, music, literature, and dance.

In honor of Book & Lovers Day, we are having a one-day sale on our Children's Book, Willow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival on our site. Come take part in this springtime tradition.

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