By Euro Weekly News Media • 20 January 2019 • 9:30
Photo of Teresa Ribera at the Cepsa plant in Tenerife.
Credit: [email protected]
SPAIN has celebrated a traditional date in its calendar with crowds of animals receiving blessings outside a church in Madrid.
The feast day, which celebrates Saint Anthony of Abbot, Spain’s patron saint of animals, takes place on January 17 each year.
Dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, and even one hedgehog were blessed with holy water by Father Angel Garcia and other priests at the Saint Anthony of Abbot church in Spain’s capital, in a ceremony which is thought to bring health and protection to the animals over the following year.
In total, around 15,000 pets took part in the ceremony, with some even made their way inside the church for a mass afterwards. One priest explained, “St. Anthony cared a great deal about dogs and abandoned animals, healing and feeding them. That’s where the tradition comes from.”
The tradition of bringing animals to the Madrid church for blessings on the saint’s day began in the mid-1980s, continuing in popularity for three decades.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don’t already have one. Review our
Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Downlaod our media pack in either English or Spanish.