SANT JORDI 2017
Sant Jordi is the festival of gestures in the form of books and roses for the ones we love most. This Catalan tradition dates from the start of the 20th century, when the booksellers belonging to the Gremi de Llibreters (Booksellers Guild) and the Cambra Oficial del Llibre (Official Chamber of Books) decided to commemorate 23 April because the writers William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Garcilaso de la Vega all died on that date. It is also the date on which other famous writers were born or died, such as Josep Pla, Maurice Druon, K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. UNESCO declared this a global tradition in 1996, since when it has been International Book and Copyright Day.