At the beginning of January, when we have not yet dismantled the Christmas ornaments, the festive cycle of Sant Antoni arrives. It is the saint that opens the Week of the Bearded, which the popular voice says is the coldest of the year.
On the eve of the festivity popularly known as ‘Sant Antoni Abad — patron saint of domestic animals’, many towns in Maresme have celebrated the Tres Tombs this past weekend.
One of the most popular Catalan traditions is the Tres Tombs celebration, a festival that blesses animals, mainly horses, mules and other draft animals, although nowadays it is also customary to bring domestic pets such as dogs, cats… It consists of go around the town three times, to show off the animals and the carts. The route always passes through a church or hermitage, where they bless the animals.
There are many towns that, around the same dates as the Tres Tombs, take the opportunity to celebrate festivals related to farm work and pack animals.
Tres Tombs in Vilassar de Mar, January 22nd 2022
11.00 am: Concentration of the Tres Tombs in the Flower and Ornamental Plant Market of Catalonia.
12.00 am: Procession of cars, horses and carriages through the streets of Vilassar de Mar: Mercat de Flor i Planta Ornamental de Catalunya, Santa Marta, La Xinesca, Maria Vidal, Sant Genís, Av. Escultor Monjo i Montserrat.
Route: Calle Sant Josep, Mare Caterina Coromina, Riera d’en Cintet, Santa Coloma, Sant Francesc, Dr. Masriera, Anselm Clavé, Sant Joan i Sant Josep. Després per Sant Joan, Av. Montevideo, Av. Carles III, Av. Lluís Companys, Rda. Vilassar, Maria Vidal, Sant Vicenç and will finalize the Mercat de Flor i Ornamental Planta de Catalunya.
13.00 pm: Blessing of the animals in the church square.
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