This is a Sant Jordi rose (rosa). Aquarell on paper. Feliç Sant Jordi! Happy Sant Jordi!

This is a traditional celebration in Catalunya, on the 23rd of April. If you take some time to walk through the streets in Barcelona you will be amazed by the intense colors and smell of thousands of roses that are given that day. Streets are also full with stands which sell books, as this is the other central item in Sant Jordi.

According to the legend, a rose bush grew on the very same spot where the dragon’s blood touched the ground. Which dragon? Well, of course the one that was killed by Sant Jordi. Not very animal-friendly? Sure, well, you know, there was a princess who was waiting for Jordi’s kiss, since a kiss from a dragon didn’t seem… eh… a good idea.

Enjoy the day!