Sunday, 8 June 2014

St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church's most popular saints, but in Portugal he's known simply as St. Anthony of Lisbon, the matchmaker saint.

Born in Lisbon, as Fernando de Bulhões, the son of a very rich noble family decided against his parents's wishes to enter the Augustinian Abbey of St. Vincent. Ordained a priest, he later when on to preach the Gospel with a group of Franciscan friars in Italy, here he stayed until the time of his death. St. Anthony died in Padua, Italy on June 13th, 1231. 
On the eve, June 12th, at Avenida da Liberdade begins the parade of each district of Lisbon, filling this major avenue with colourful lights and people in costumes. The party goes on all night long throughout the city, especially in the old quarters such as Alfama, Mouraria or Graça, where people celebrate while eating grilled sardines.

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