Activities for the Patron Saint of Animals
Saturday, January 12th.. Burning of the Pine in c/San Antonio at 8.30 pm
Sunday, January 13, is the blessing of horses and animals in the Plaza de la Constitución at 11 am.
Sunday, January 17th at 12 noon is the religious celebration in the Church of the Virgin of Loreto in Javea port and then blessing of animals on the seafront.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Antonio Abad lived in Egypt between the 3rd and 4th centuries. He is said to have given all his worldly goods to the poor to live like a hermit in the desert. He died around 356 , on Mount Colzim, near the Red Sea. It is said that of old age but his date of birth is not known.
Hundreds of Spaniards will go to the churches with their pets on 13th January to receive the traditional blessing on the occasion of the Feast of Saint Anthony, protector of animals.
The blessings also take place on different days in other provinces of Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona, Burgos, Valladolid or Salamanca, among others.