Blessing of the Animals
On Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Olvera Street, the annual Blessing of the Animals will be taking place. This annual event is one that many locals look forward to. The Blessing of the Animals has been a part of Olvera Street since its founding in 1930, but its practice dates back to the 4th century when San Antonio De Abad was named the patron saint of the animal kingdom and began to bless animals to promote good health. The priest from La Placita Church would bless the livestock of the farmers to keep them healthy and productive. This would be very beneficial for the whole community. In 1930 the blessing was not just horses, chickens, and cows but all animals. Many dogs and cats are seen as a family, so they brought to the Placita. While the blessing is rooted in Catholic tradition, you do not have to be Catholic to participate. All animals and humans are welcome.
The mission of the Olvera Street Merchants Association Foundation is to celebrate, promote and preserve an understanding and an appreciation of the historical significance that Olvera Street, in El Pueblo Historical Monument, has played in the formation of our diverse city through a wide range of year-round programming of activities and traditional events that will serve the greater community as well as international visitors.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
- Blessing begins at 2:00 p.m., led by Archbishop Jose Gomez – ceremony and blessing lasts approximately 1 hour
- Entertainment from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
- Line to receive blessing begins at 1:00 p.m. and will format Father Serra Park, located between Alameda and Los Angeles Street
Olvera St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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