Holidays and Traditions

Revetlla de Sant Joan

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Sant Joan in Spain is the midsummer solstice celebration marking the start of the summer season and the day with the longest period of daylight in the year. In Spain and Catalonia the Sant Joan celebrations are on the evening of the 23rd June.

 

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Girona Flower Festival continued

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This week Girona is the centre of the Flower Festival universe with concerts (mainly outdoors) and art exhibitions as well as most shops having some flowers in their displays which makes it a fun place to walk around for a few hours.

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Girona Flower Festival

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Well, another flower festival is here, or better said another "Temps de Flors." Girona looks splendid at this time of year and, excepting the crowds, is a truly delightful place to wander around taking in the small patios, chapels, street installation art and public buildings.

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Three Kings day - Spanish holiday

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Some countries have kept family reunions separate from the present-giving commercial part of Christmas. Here in Catalonia the 25th and 26th of December are family days with nice meals and maybe a visit to church, but presents come on Three Kings day, or to be more precise on the night of the 5th and morning of the 6th of January.

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Monas, a pastry Easter tradition

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As the spring changes the scenery seducing us with it’s bright colours so do bakeries storefronts specially decorated for Easter showing off their crafted chocolate eggs and figures, the traditional Easter Monas.

Mona is a word coming from the arab “munna” which means gift. The Easter mona was a sweet bun with a hard boiled egg baked into it and which was traditionally given by godparents to their godsons and daughters.

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23rd of April: Day of Sant Jordi, of the book and the rose

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Sant Jordi's Day (Saint George) is somewhat like Valentine’s day in Catalonia. There is an ancient tradition of giving roses on this day, celebrating spring and love of which Saint George is it’s patron.

It is very difficult to set a date to establish the beginning of the popular Catalan tradition. It has to be a very ancient one, since there is evidence of the celebration of the Roses Fair on the occasion of Sant Jordi’s day since the 15th century. This very fact tries to explain the link existing between the popular tradition and the symbolism of courtly love represented by the rose. However, beyond, all possible theories that might justify a tradition, the most important thing is that it has remained alive, and that it is an unmistakable symbol of Catalonia.

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Jack Sagel writes about Girona and Costa Brava in his blog GironaJ

Esther Fuldauer is internet manager at the Hotel Savoy and also writes for Costa Brava Today.

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