Thursday, June 13, 2013

Saint Anthony's Day


Summer fair booth at Oeiras

Saint Anthony is Lisbon's matchmaker. Tradition says a potted manjerico (greek basil) should be offered to the one you love. There's a paper carnation and a little flag with a popular quote on every pot.

23 comments:

Kovács Miklós said...

What an interesting and nice convention. We don't have any similar convention here. Thanks for sharing and hope your wish will be granted :)
Have a great day!
Best regards from sunny Budapest.

Laura. M said...

Bonita tradición, suerte a tod@s l@s amantes:))
Me gusta mucho la foto.
Un beso

Kate said...

Those are beautiful healthy looking basil plants. I'd like one!

Halcyon said...

Very interesting! I've never heard of offering someone a basil plant. Maybe I'll try tonight and see where it gets me. ;)

Lowell said...

Can't believe we're already back to St. Anthony's day. Time really flies even if you're not having a lot of fun! :) The potted manjericos are a cute tradition...I'd certainly get one for my love if I lived in Oeiras!

orvokki said...

LOVELY.

VP said...

We have a Sant'Antonino (Little Anthony) fair just in this period!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelente fotografia de S. António....
Cumprimentos

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful, happy looking plants and a delightful capture for the day as always, JM!! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

That's a neat tradition. It makes for a really interesting photo.

Sharon said...

I enjoy hearing about these traditions.

cieldequimper said...

What a lovely, lovely tradition!

Photo Cache said...

Isn't June 13 St. Anthony's Feast Day?

JM said...

@Photo Cache: The big parties in Lisbon start the night before: St. Anthony Day's Eve.

Babzy said...

nice tradition i'd like one of these pot of basil ;)

LONDONLULU said...

What an eye-catching photo of these greek basil pots and what a lovely thing to give!

Randy said...

What a sweet offering.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Wow! A great colourfull shot JM! :-)


Sincerest greetings from the Netherlands,
DzjieDzjee

Sami said...

Hope you had a lovely St. Anthony holiday.

RedPat said...

Couldn't find my keys this morning and said a small prayer to him and voila I found them a minute later. Coincidence?

JM said...

@RedPat: ;-)

Cezar and Léia said...

Muito lindo!Adorei!
Léia

Dina said...

Hope you had a good feast day somewhere in seclusion.