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Santo António’s Traditions

Santo António’s Traditions

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The Brides of Santo António and other customs related to marriage June is the month of the transition from spring to summer. It is the symbol of love, fertility and marriage. All of this, fits perfectly with the Santo António traditions celebrated in Lisbon, especially with the “Brides of Saint Anthony”. During the Estado Novo, it was created a competition to select 13 couples of future spouses to whom the marriage would be paid. As requirement, they would have to be poor, good-looking, young and it should be their first marriage. Salazar introduced this custom to promote commerce in the city. Food and clothes were donated to the spouses by the merchants and this was also a way to get…
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