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Posted on March 28, 2016

Diada de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day) celebration
11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5
Manderino Library

The College of Liberal Arts and Cal U’s Manderino Library mark Diada de Sant Jordi, or St. George’s Day, with a celebration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 on the first floor and outdoors at the library.

Celebrated in many countries around the world, the holiday honors St. George (Sant Jordi), a legendary knight and hero.

Diada de Sant Jordi is an important national feast day in Spain, and UNESCO has declared this holiday the International Day of the Book.

Holiday origins

According to Spanish lore, the medieval knight George slew a dragon that was terrorizing a Spanish village, and he rescued a princess who was about to be sacrificed to the beast. Blood that flowed from the dragon’s body was transformed into a rose, which the knight presented to the princess.

Since medieval times, men traditionally have recalled the knight’s brave and gracious deed by presenting women with a rose.

In modern times, sweethearts, loved ones and colleagues also exchange books, since the holiday falls close to the dates of death for authors Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare.

In the Spanish region of Catalonia, Diada de Sant Jordi also is known as The Day of the Rose and The Day of the Book.

Cal U celebrates St. George’s Day

In keeping with the holiday’s traditions, the celebration at Manderino Library includes free Spanish and Hispanic foods, plus a 10-foot dragon and other artworks created by Cal U art students.

Faculty authors and local writers will be on hand to sell their books, and a display will focus on summer reading choices. Fiber artists will demonstrate weaving and other skills.

Some students will be wearing medieval-style costumes, and the Fencing Club will present a demonstration. Students also will offer free lessons in medieval dance.

Join us

The celebration of Diada de Sant Jordi highlights collaborative learning at Cal U. Sponsors are the College of Liberal Arts; Manderino Library; the Department of Music and Theatre; the Department of History, Politics and Society; the Department of Art and Languages; the Modern Language Club; the Medieval and Renaissance Club; the Art Club; the graphic Design Club; and the PSECU eCenter at California University of Pennsylvania.

Admission to the celebration is free, and the public is welcome to attend. Visitor parking is available in Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.