This fiesta in Javea, Costa Blanca, Spain, is in honour of San Antonio, patron saint of pets.
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Monday 15th January 2018
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Fiesta in honour of San Antoni - January 2018
San Antonio in Spain
Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals - often dressed on their Sunday best - to church on the day of St Anthony, Spain's patron saint of animals. Animals are said to have been instinctively drawn to Saint Anthony throughout his life. Anthony, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195, is often depicted addressing a menagerie of animals attentively listening to his words. The festival has been celebrated largely uninterrupted since the 19th century. It is held in various parts of Spain.
Programme St. Antoni Festivities (based on 2017 fiesta information)
Sunday 15th January
11:00h Parade with animals from Old town to the Port and back to Old Town with Blessing of Animals (Plaza de la Constitución)
13:00h Religious celebration in the church Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto, followed by blessing of animals in the Promenade
"In the name of San Anton, receive this blessing," the priest, decked out in white robes, said as he blessed the animals presented to him in the doorway of the church. Many believe the blessing will ensure a long and healthy life for their pets. After having their pets blessed each parishioner received three bread rolls, one of which is traditionally kept for a year alongside a coin meant to ensure good health and to guarantee the blessing of the saint. The buns are baked according to a secret recipe meant to keep them soft.
Tuesday, 17th January
12:00h Solemn Mass in Iglesia de la Virgen de Loreto, followed by blessing of animals in the port promenade
Friday, 20th January 2017
17:00h Fairground for children
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