Feast of St. Anthony in Portugal in 2025

Feast of St. Anthony in Portugal in 2025
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2025 Lisbon Fri, Jun 13 Regional Holiday
2024 Lisbon Thu, Jun 13 Regional Holiday
2023 Lisbon Tue, Jun 13 Regional Holiday
2022 Lisbon Mon, Jun 13 Regional Holiday
2021 Lisbon Sun, Jun 13 Regional Holiday

Always celebrated on June 13th. It is the Feast day of St. Anthony and commemorates his death in 1231

  Local name
Dia de Santo António
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Feast of St. Anthony in Lisbon

In addition to Lisbon, the other Portuguese municipalities that celebrate St. Anthony's Day are: Aljustrel, Alvaiázere, Amares, Cascais, Estarreja, Ferreira do Zêzere, Lisboa, Proença-a-Nova, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vale de Cambra, Vila Nova da Barquinha, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Vila Real, Vila Verde.

When is the Feast day of St Anthony?

This regional holiday is always celebrated on 13th June. It is the Feast day of St. Anthony and commemorates his death in 1231.

History of the Feast day of St Anthony

Saint Anthony of Padua (August 15th 1195 – June 13th 1231) was a Portuguese Catholic priest and Franciscan friar who became a saint in 1232 and was made a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

Also known as Anthony of Lisbon, he is the patron saint of Portugal as well as the patron saint of people who lose things and of children.

St. Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal to a wealthy family; his father was a captain in the Royal army. He was ordained as a priest and became inspired after meeting five Franciscan friars who were on their way to Muslim Morocco to preach the Gospel. A few months later he discovered that the monks were martyred and he joined the Franciscan order to follow in their path, adopting the name of Anthony, after Anthony the Great, who was one of the first monks and noted for his travels in desert lands.

Anthony's life was changed when he was almost accidentally forced into giving a sermon. This uncovered his great gift for making speeches which led to Saint Francis asking him to travel around Italy preaching the Gospel which he did. He converted many people and became famed for his sermons.

Many miracles are assigned to Saint Anthony and he is often referred to as the 'The Saint of Miracles' or 'the Wonder Worker'.

He was canonized less than a year after his death by Pope Gregory IX on May 30th 1232. This is the second-fastest canonization ever.

How is the Feast day of St Anthony celebrated?

In his hometown of Lisbon, festivities in his honour start on the evening of June 12th with a display of walking groups of singers and musicians, who parade along the Avenida da Liberdade. The celebration continues the next day with more processions and traditional dancing.

During his lifetime, Anthony was known for his skills in reconciling couples. This has led to him being known as a marriage saint. A custom on St. Anthony's Eve (June 12th) is for young people to write letters asking Antonio for help in finding a partner. In Lisbon, it is the custom that 13 couples get married on Saint Anthony's Day with all the expenses being paid by the city council.

He is especially invoked in prayer for help in recovering lost items. He is said to have got this role when someone stole a very important prayer book that had many of Anthony's handwritten sermon notes in it. Anthony prayed so hard for the return of the book that the thief was struck with guilt and returned to Anthony's monastery to give back the book. Since then, he's been associated with finding lost or stolen items.

Santos Populares

In Portugal during the month of June, there are festivals related to three popular saints; Saint Anthony, Saint John, and Saint Peter. During the festivities are many weddings, traditional street dances, and fireworks.

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