Believe it or not, February 14 isn't the only day dedicated to love here in Spain. Known as "St George's Day" in English, this festival is one of the most important dates on the Catalan calendar. Each year, gallant gentlemen honor St. George's romantic gesture of saving a princess from the clutches of an evil dragon by, erm, buying their loved ones a book.
Not seeing the connection? No worries.
In reality, this tradition probably derives from the fact that William Shakespeare happened to die on St. George's feast day in and Spain's greatest author, Cervantes, a day earlier.
As a result, two of the Western world's greatest literary minds are honored along with the patron saint of Catalonia. Read more about Festivals in Spain. Can't take your romantic trip to Spain until later in the year? Head to Valencia on October 9, when locals proudly celebrate the feast day of St. Believe it or not, it's yet another one of the most romantic dates of the year in Spain. The traditional gift for this celebration is fruit-shaped marzipan wrapped in a handkerchief, usually bought by men for their wives.
The women, in turn, save the handkerchiefs that their partner has given them every year as a tangible way of proving how long they've been together.
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