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Lisbon Popular Saints


The month of June is the month of the Popular Saints Lisbon. At this point the traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon are filled with joy and no street parties throughout the city where you eat the beautiful sardines and drinking good portuguese wine.

Lisbon Car Hire | Portugal Ccar HireSt. Anthony is the patron saint of Lisbon, known as the matchmaker, being the saint to whom young people should ask for help to get girlfriend (a) and / or married.

Children should give for alms to St. Anthony and to ask protection and health.

St. Anthony was born on 15/08/1195 in Lisbon, and died on 06.13.1231 in Padua, Italy.

This day is a municipal holiday in Lisbon. The city's festivities are marked by popular marches, weddings de Santo António, with the celebration of various weddings together and the camps in city neighborhoods. The weekenders are wont to celebrate St. Anthony on city streets decorating houses and historic districts with flying colors and placing the basil in windows.

Tradition says that on the day of St. Anthony, revelers eat sardines, caldo verde, roasted peppers and bread.

The celebrations also honors other "popular saints," with the highlight being a colorful parade down Avenida da Liberdade, with every Lisbon neighborhood represented in costume and song, competing for "best march."
Another special event is the "Brides of Saint Anthony," a collective wedding ceremony in the cathedral and which also passes by Saint Anthony Church (the saint was known as a matchmaker).

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