Fire and horses: Feast of St. Antonio 2017
• Fire and horses: Feast of St. Antonio in 2017
Every year in January in the Spanish village of San Bartolomé de Pinares, located 100 km from Madrid, is a traditional celebration in honor of St. Anthony - the patron saint of animals. The night before the Day of St. Anthony, which falls on 17 January, there is the most colorful part of the celebration - the riders gallop on horseback through the flaming bonfires to purge the animals.
Feast of St. Antonio is a Catholic holiday.
Saint Anthony became famous for the fact that one of the first who tried the ascetic life in the desert, being completely cut off from civilization.
In the evening campfires and barbecues exposed on the street, the organizers of the ceremony of handing everyone to pieces of meat and sausages, which are roasted right there on the fire and washed down with copious amounts of wine. Like this.
Horses - the protagonists of celebrations on the Feast of St. Antonio.
In Spain, the festive procession, in which the owners, accompanied by his colorfully costumed pets go around the temples before the priest would bless them, sprinkled with holy water.
The most colorful part of the celebrations held in the Spanish village of San Bartolomé de Pinares: riders gallop riding their horses through a huge bonfires. It is believed that in this way they clean animals.
So that animals, too, have their holiday and patron.
"You can not be affected no horse, not one has received burns", - he assured the mayor of the city.
Arrived veterinarians also could not find lesions in horses. However, it is doubtful that the horses like such fun.
Fire and horses: Feast of St. Antonio in 2017, on 17 January.