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The Days Of Books And Roses

Every year, April 23rd is celebrated as the Diada de Sant Jordi, here in Mallorca, or as St. George’s Day in places such as England, Canada or Portugal. Spain as such does not join in the celebrations but, Spanish provinces formerly belonging to the Corona de Aragón do, such as Valencia, Catalunya and Aragón. There, and here in Mallorca, the Day of Sant Jordi is celebrated as the Day of Books and Roses. On this day, and weather permitting, books are offered in open-space book markets, discounts are offered on all book purchases and each book buyer is gifted with a red rose.

This year, there was a but, though. This year, April 23rd coincided with the Easter weekend and Mallorcans were busy either with recovering from late night Easter processions, solemn burial commemorations and midnight church services or else, were occupied with sumptuous Easter banquets or the preparations thereof. Thus, Sant Jordi book fests were spread out during the week last week, one day at a time. I made my discounted purchases a week ago last Sunday, just in case you wanted to know, here in Felanitx.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 17th, 2011. The time was 13:00:31.

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