39th anniversary in Valdicastello in honor of Sant'Antonio Abate, patron of the animals. The Animal blessing ceremony is a fascinating event held in the parish church of San Giovanni and Santa Felicita in Valdicastello on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
The event celebrated every year on the closest Sunday to January 17, used to be once one of the most heartfelt celebrations in the countryside. In the most inaccessible areas far from the central towns, the priests went to the farms and stables to bless the animals and leave a prayer card, the stables were cleaned in anticipation of the event and the animals prepared for the feast.
The Mass at the Parish of Valdicastello will be celebrated at 11:15 and anticipated by a parade of animals departing from Piazza Matteotti at 10:00 am through the center of Pietrasanta arriving in Valdicastello (Via Mazzini, Garibaldi, via Sarzanese , main street of Valdicastello). There will be also many carts in the parade. But the absolute protagonists of the ceremony will be the animals: dogs, cats, horses, parrots and their human friends.
In case of rain the blessing will be held on Sunday, January 28.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Pietrasanta, loc Valdicastello
January 21, 2018
from 10:00 to 12:00 am
Pieve San Giovanni e Santa Felicita
Val di Castello Carducci
Istituti culturli di Pietrasanta +39 0584-795500