Saint George's Day with the CU Catalan Club

Join the CU Catalan Club in celebrating La Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day), a festive day in Catalonia held on April 23 along with El dia del Llibre (World Book Day) and La Fira de les Roses (Rose Fair)—symbols of culture and love and a day that reclaims the Catalan culture and identity

Sant Jordi represents the day of the beloved, and, since the 15th century, it is tradition for men to give a red rose to their beloved on this day. Additionally, the custom of giving a book to men was added in 1923 to commemorate the nearly simultaneous deaths of two distinguished writers, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616.

During this day, many people go to festive markets to buy books and roses. These markets are held in the center of Catalan towns and villages. At the same time, it is tradition to organize a literature competition in high schools.

The literary contest

The CU Catalan Club event is a great opportunity for all students at CU to practice their writing skills through the literary contest of Jocs Florals we are holding at 6 p.m. in RAMY C250. There are three categories in which you can submit an open topic and genre literature creation. Each category offers a $75 gift card to the CU Book Store! Open to all CU students! Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. April 20.

The event also provides attendees an opportunity to meet Catalan natives, practice their speaking skills and become more familiar with the culture.

Schedule of events

Starting at 9 a.m. | Engineering Center lobby, UMC Hall and Eaton Humanities

  • Free roses: To celebrate this beautiful Sant Jordi's Day tradition, we will be handing out roses around campus. Come to our booths to know more about Sant Jordi's legend and how Catalans celebrate it.
  • Book exchange: To promote World Book Day, we will be exchanging books. Bring your book to one of our booths and get any of ours!

6–9:30 p.m. | RAMY C250

  • VII Jocs Florals writing contest ceremony and dinner party. Typical Catalan food will be served to all attendees.

Come join us!

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Ramaley Biology, RAMY C250
1800 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309

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