La Diada de Sant Jordi/ El Día de San Jorge / Saint George's Day Bookmarks

La Diada de Sant Jordi/ El Día de San Jorge / Saint George's Day Bookmarks
La Diada de Sant Jordi/ El Día de San Jorge / Saint George's Day Bookmarks
La Diada de Sant Jordi/ El Día de San Jorge / Saint George's Day Bookmarks
La Diada de Sant Jordi/ El Día de San Jorge / Saint George's Day Bookmarks
La Diada de Sant Jordi/ El Día de San Jorge / Saint George's Day Bookmarks
La Diada de Sant Jordi/ El Día de San Jorge / Saint George's Day Bookmarks
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Each bookmark has a rose, an image of St. George killing the dragon, and background text of Don Quijote. This file contains two pages of bookmarks, 4 per page. One page is in color and the other is in black and white. Print on cardstock or laminate and share with students.

A little about this day (from Donquijote.org):

Who is Sant Jordi? Saint George is the patron saint of the six million inhabitants of Catalonia, Spain, and he was a very romantic and chivalrous guy. This international knight-errant allegedly slew a dragon about to devour a beautiful princess south of Barcelona. From the dragon's blood sprouted a rosebush, from which the hero plucked the prettiest for the princess. April 23, La diada de Sant Jordi, is a day set aside to honor him.

Also known as "The Day of Lovers” or “The day of books and roses,” La Diada de Sant Jordi is like Valentine's Day with some uniquely Latin twists. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts--men give their novias roses, and women give their novios a book to celebrate the occasion. Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent marketing ploy. In 1923, a smart bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to honor the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616. Barcelona is the publishing capital of the Spanish-speaking world and this heady one-two punch of love and literacy was quickly adopted.

And while La Diada de Sant Jordi is not an "official" holiday, most romantics ditch the office to stroll the beautiful streets of Barcelona and to take in the sultry springtime weather. Love is definitely in the air, but even if you don't have a novio to smooch on a park bench there are still plenty of things to see and do.
The Sardana, the national dance of Catalonia, will be performed throughout the day in the Placa Sant Juane. And many book stores and cafes will host readings by noted authors (look out for 24-hour marathon readings of Cervantes' "Don Quixote"). Elsewhere, hundreds of Jordis, Georges, Yuris, Jorges, Gorkas and others named for the Saint will be forming a chain to try to get into the Guinness Book of Records. And there will be a variety of street performers and musicians on hand to add a romantic ambience to nearly every public square and plaza.
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