Santa Gertrudis Fiesta in Ibiza

January 8th, 2009 - 8:11 pm Posted in fiesta, ibiza, Santa Gertrudis | Comments (0)

After midday mass on Sunday, 18th January
in the church square of Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza

santa gertrudis, ibizaIbiza traditionally marks St. Anthony’s Day with a special celebration – the Blessing of the Animals. According to the Catholic Church, St. Anthony was the patron saint of animals, which is why believers ask him to give their pets and livestock his blessing – in two towns on Ibiza, San Antonio and Santa Gertrudis.

This year, the blessing will take place in Santa Gertrudis on Sunday, 18th January. Last year, we were lucky enough to be there to witness the traditional celebration for ourselves. Here’s what we saw – maybe our report will motivate you to go and see the blessing of the animals for yourselves. It’s a wonderful experience – and gives people from other parts of the world a great insight into the heart and soul of Ibiza.

You can read the full article about the Santa Gertrudis fiesta in Ibiza here

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