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By George! Or by Jordi? William?

Special theme day today, as it is St George’s day. Or Sant Jordi, as we say here. George is a truly universal saint, as he is the patron of such places like England, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Timbuktu, Egypt, Bulgaria, Russia, India, Palestine, Moscow, Beirut, Rio de Janeiro, and so on and so forth, as well as of the Scout Movement, and a large range of professions. Well, he died this day in 303AD.

The tradition here in Catalunya is for the boy to offer a rose to his Dulcinea, and for the girl to offer her boyfriend/husband a book. Why a book? Well, William Shakespeare died on the same 23rd of April, in 1616, 397 years ago. He was actually probably born on a 23rd of April as well, but historians differ on this subject. So, hail to all Georges, Jordis, Jorges, Yorgos, and to all Bills, Wills and Williams! Read a book, find a florist! Being a George myself by my second name (Georges, in French), I WILL celebrate!

More about this theme day right here.

And here comes Bill, courtesy of the world wide web.

10 responses

  1. A rose by any other name…
    The legend of St George has travelled far and wide. Love this realisation of the theme!


    April 29, 2013 at 2:49 am

  2. Hope you had a great St Georges Day Rob, or is it Bill, or… 🙂


    April 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

  3. That's an interesting connection – now I really must discover how St George's fame came to spread so far.

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    April 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

  4. Thanks for the info! I gained so much from this group 🙂


    April 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

  5. Happy St. George day. Thanks for the good info and cute picture.


    April 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

  6. I love the connection – he really was a saint for all places and truly got about! Sweet, colorful picture:)


    April 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

  7. Fun blog posting for today. You have done your research! BTW really like your header too.


    April 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  8. A global St George indeed- great post!


    April 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

  9. Joe

    Now that's a cute St George!


    April 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

  10. Very interesting article, great work!
    Rio de Janeiro, really…I didn't know that!Cool!


    April 23, 2013 at 6:42 am