This 2020 Moraira Fiesta is in honour of Sant Antoni and is held every January in Moraira, Costa Blanca, Spain.
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Fiesta in Honour of Sant Antoni (January 2023)
The "Fiesta San Antoni" is a January Fiesta in Moraira. Hundreds of pet owners bring their animals - often dressed on their Sunday best - to church on the day of St Anthony, Spain's patron saint of animals. Animals are said to have been instinctively drawn to Saint Anthony throughout his life. Anthony, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195, is often depicted addressing a menagerie of animals attentively listening to his words. The festival has been celebrated largely uninterrupted since the 19th century. It is held in various parts of Spain.
"In the name of San Anton, receive this blessing," the priest, decked out in white robes, said as he blessed the animals presented to him in the doorway of the church. Many believe the blessing will ensure a long and healthy life for their pets. After having their pets blessed each parishioner received three bread rolls, one of which is traditionally kept for a year alongside a coin meant to ensure good health and to guarantee the blessing of the saint. The buns are baked according to a secret recipe meant to keep them soft.
"SAN ANTONIO" FIESTA PROGRAMME (PRIOR PROGRAMME AS A GUIDE)
Friday 10th January
16:30 Decoration of the Church's Square and fired rocket to announce the beginning of the festivity
18:00 Storytelling in the Church Square and then popular snack.
Saturday 11th January
11:00 Installation of the bonfire in the Plaza de la Iglesia
18:30 "Moraira on the Memory" Conference at the theatreof the bilding "Espai la Senieta"
20:00 Mass at the Church "Nuestra Sra. De los Desamparados" Moraira
20:45 Folk dances around the bonfire by the students of the workshop of the folk dances.
Then "CREMÀ" burning of the bonfire at the church square.
Sunday 12th January
09:00 Church bells.
10:30 Procession of the children with the Musical Group "Clau de Mar"
11:00 Mass in honour of San Antonio Abad
11:45 Parade of animals from the square "les Sorts" up to the church to give the blessing to the animals.
12:15 Popular dances in the streets from the street "Doctor Calatayud" to the street " Mar".
13:30 Popular dinner in the street Mar organized by the Festival Committee "Nuestra Sra. De los Desamparados Moraira 2015", musical performance.
16:00 Hot Chocolate and cake.