Weddings of Saint Anthony
Saint Anthony belongs to Lisbon and the world (although the Italians try to claim himself for themselves, calling him Saint Anthony of Pádua). Controversies aside, the truth is that this saint is venerated a little bit everywhere. And with good reason, as he’s looked upon as the matchmaking saint as well as helping find lost objects and preventing shipwrecks.
It was in 1958 that for the first time 26 couples were joined in holy matrimony at the Church of Saint Anthony. The aim of the event (at the time sponsored by the Diário Popular newspaper) was to make it possible for couples in financial difficulties to get married.
Today, the Weddings of Saint Anthony are an essential part of Lisbon folklore, helping to affirm the cultural identity of the city. This year, the tradition will be upheld once again, with 16 lisboeta couples invited to celebrate this event with the city and unite their destinies under the auspices of Saint Anthony.