Following their annual custom of celebrating the Day of St Anthony, the Abbot, the folks of Spain gathered in massive numbers at church buildings with their beloved pets to seek blessings from the monks. Notably, the day which is noticed yearly on 17 January attracts folks from throughout the nation who come collectively to honour the patron saint of animals and additional get their pets blessed. Speaking of which, folks come with their cats, canines, hamsters, and each different variety of home pet possible. This 12 months as nicely, a number of pet dad and mom flocked to church buildings with their furry buddies. Videos of the similar have surfaced on the web and are going viral.
In a video shared on Twitter, we are able to see the celebrations from Madrid the place folks method a church with their pets which embody canines, cats, turtles, and even ferrets. A priest may be additionally seen blessing the animals with their holy water.
VIDEO: Pets obtain particular blessings in Spain.
Dogs, cats, turtles, and even ferrets are being blessed in Madrid by a priest on the day of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals pic.twitter.com/znVkDAA6cq
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A couple of folks additionally shared their views whereas attending the celebrations. Some additionally claimed that they prayed to St Anthony for their pets’ good well being and their needs had been granted. A lady stated, “I came here because I am very excited, especially, about meeting Father Angel. We came here this year because Max had a serious problem, it was a promise we made to Saint Anthony and I’m so happy and pleased that he came to get anointed by him.”
Reacting to the video, a number of social media customers shared their views and opinions. A consumer wrote, “In Brazil we celebrate him on June 13th…”, whereas one other one wrote, “Religions is awesome till it is fun.” The video has thus far racked up over 10,000 views and the quantity retains growing.
About the Feast Day of St. Anthony
Marked yearly on 17 January, the Feast Day of St. Anthony is one of the essential non secular holidays in Spain. It is believed that St. Anthony was an animal lover and his goodwill is concentrated on all types of domesticated animal together with pets and livestock.
Notably, the day holds extra relevance as a brand new regulation in Spain makes pet animals authorized members of households, and thus are thought of ‘living, sentient beings.’