Antoni Abad is the patron saint of animals. On his saint’s day (mostly in the morning), Mallorcans around the island traditionally take their animals and pets to be blessed by their local priest.
People and pets process slowly – sometimes on elaborate floats and in costume – in the queue for the annual blessing.
What to expect
In Palma, the animal blessings take place at the cathedral from 10.00h while in other towns the blessings take place at different times of the day, therefore, it is worth checking with each individual municipality beforehand to ensure that all of your animals can receive their blessing.
It is quite a sight to behold to see a menagerie of animals in the streets of the island and certainly something that the children will enjoy!