Festival of Popular Saints

The Festival of Popular Saints is one of the most awaited traditional events in Lisbon. Despite its name, which might suggest ample religious implications, the festival occasions manifestations on the more worldly side of the spectrum. This is why the Festival of Popular Saints is commonly referred to as the Lisbon Celebrations (festas de Lisboa). The original name of the festival derives from the fact the calendar of June is dotted with saints’ days (such as Saint Anthony’s Day, Saint John’s Day and Saint Peter’s Day, held on June the 13th, June the 23rd and June the 28th respectively), when the streets of Lisbon are filled with partying processions and open-air events.

Each of these saints’ days has its inner specific highlights, such as the fact on Saint Anthony’s Day 12 couples get married and their parade in vintage cars is then followed by a numerous parade marching on Avenida da Liberdade on music rhythms. But the bottom line is Lisbon puts on a festal air throughout the month of June, welcoming visitors with a plethora of unmatched entertainment opportunities locals have been enjoying for decades. Attending Festas de Lisboa is a great occasion to get to feel the throbbing pulse of the local life, when Lisboners know no other pastime but to eat, drink, dance and party on the streets.

In order to find out more about the Festival of Popular Saints, visit the official website of the event.

Festival of Popular Saints / Lisbon Celebrations (Festas de Lisboa / Santos Populares)
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

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