What have England and Catalonia got in common?

Well, apart from the great weather, the cuisine and a love of sports, both nations celebrate their national day on the same day. Both have the same patron saint who it would appear was a knight who saved a lady from a dragon.

In England the day isn’t celebrated widely, which seems a shame, whereas in Catalunya, sí que és una festa que és celebra amb llibres i roses.

The 23rd of April is International Book Day, a date chosen as it coincides with the myth that both Cervantes and Shakespeare died on this date in 1616. A quick search on Google shows that it is more wishful thinking than actual truth, although evidence suggests that they died within 10 days of each other that year. That’s close enough, isn’t it?! 

Personally, I love Sant Jordi’s day in Barcelona. Not only is it a colourful day in a city bedecked with roses, but also it promotes literature and books in a sector that is undergoing great change due to large online sites such as Amazon and the Android and Apple book stores.

Have you bought or received a book this year?

I’d like to do a bit of advertising here and suggest my book if you or a family you know are raising children in a language that is not the local one:  The 5 Key Strategies of Successful Bilingual Families also available in Spanish under the title Las 5 Estrategias Clave para criar a un Niño Bilingüe.

Available on Amazon or from Come In book shop in Barcelona. 


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