Every January 17 the St. Anton’s Day, patron and protector of animals. It’s a great day for them and they take on a great role, since They are blessed by tradition. Many devout people bring their animals to the points of their city where this special day is celebrated.
Hundreds of pets receive the blessing of his patron Saint Anton: from dogs and cats, to hamsters and iguanas … even stuffed animals and virtual pets!
The tradition of blessing animals on the day of San Antón is believed to be celebrated since colonial times
But who was San Anton?
-San Antonio Abad was from lower egypt and history says that When he was young, he sold all his possessions to distribute the money among the poor. He decided to become a hermit and walked away to lead a lonely life. He was always accompanied by a pig and was a great lover and protector of animals to those who always helped in his way. He died at 105 years old. To San Anton He is represented with a pig at his feet.
Who celebrates the day of San Antón?
-Today it has become a tradition and holiday in which every year many provinces of Spain and some countries of Latin America They celebrate and honor San Antonio Abad.
Large tails form where animals are sprayed with holy water
The owners ask for health, well-being and long life for their pets
-Here one blessing of animals on Saint Anton’s day in the chapel of San Bernardo, In sevilla:
This tradition tries to bless and protect them, providing them with health and well-being during the period of one year, so the next year do not hesitate to return To bless your beloved pet again!
And you, will you bless your pet? Happy St. Anton’s Day to all ?
GREETINGS AND LONG AND GOOD LIFE TO YOUR PETS !!!