Due to COVID 19 : no street parties, no brides, no parades in 2020, how sad… 🙁 🙁
In June, the month of the Festas dos Santos Populares (Feast Days of the Popular Saints), the Lisbon nights are filled with lively festivities that take over the city’s historical center. Calendar 2020
Area Mouraria Lisbon in the month of June, 2019
In the month of June, all the streets in the historic areas in Lisbon are decorated with garlands and lights, the atmosphere is wonderful! 🙂
Every year mid-June, the time-honoured Santo António celebrations take over the streets of Lisbon, filling them with grilled-sardine and sangria-selling stalls, cheery bunting, and happy people. More..
Lisbon historic area Mouraria in June
June 12, 2018: The Saint Anthony’s mass marriages in Lisbon. Picture: Josephine Lucassen
Celebrated since before the 25 April Revolution in 1974, the Santo António weddings are held to give cash-strapped local couples the chance to wed in a large joint ceremony. More…
Area Mouraria Lisbon June 2019, Rua Guia, Mouraria, Lisbon.
Saint Anthony’s brides: YouTube
The lucky couples receive everything free of charge including the ring, wedding dress and honeymoon as part of an annual competition organised by the city council.
Party time ! Historic area Mouraria June 12, 2018. Picture: Rob van Scherpenseel
Eating, drinking and dancing together in the narrow streets. On the eve of Saint Anthony day, June 12, Lisbon turns into one big party! 🙂
YouTube Saint Anthony street parties historic area Mouraria Lisbon
People are dancing on Pimba musica
Pimba music – songs frequently driven by metaphors with sexual meanings
June 12, Eve of Santo Antonio, Mouraria Lisbon
The kings of the sardine (os reis da sardinha) 😉
Grilled sardines & Saint Anthony parties belong together!
Traditional grilled sardinhas (sardines) & salad in June
Grilled sardines recipe by Rochelle Ramos:
Mouraria Lisbon June 12, 2016, Beco do Jasmim & salsa dancing
Everywhere in the streets of the historic areas in Lisbon you see people grilling sardines outside their homes and the narrow streets fill up with people in party mood.
June 12, 2019
Street party Saint Santo Antonio & romantic couple overlooking the festivities 🙂
Margriet de Vrieze & sardine party 🙂 Mouraria Lisbon
Waiting for the Mouraria yearly parade 2018…
Picture: Liesbeth Niebling
At Avenida da Liberdade, from around 8h30 pm, June 12, there will be the yearly parade, with people dressed up in beautiful costumes.
Area Mouraria Lisbon & yearly parade June 12, 2019, Santo Antonio Marchas Populares
Each group represents one of Lisbon’s twenty neighborhoods There ‘s a winner for the best performance and costumes. More..
Saint Anthony street party Mouraria June 12, 2018
How to reach this area
June 12, 2019 : Lisbon’s craziest night of the year in Mouraria, Lisbon.
Wine, sangria, beer, sardines, mojitos, caipirinhas, fado, pimba music and lots of people eating, drinking and dancing in the narrow streets.
June 12, 2015
Lisbon’s Eve of Saint Anthony parade in de streets of Mouraria
June 2016, feast days of the popular saints
Saint João 😉 😉
(sponsor is Sagres, a Portuguese brand of beer)
Santo Antonio party June 12, 2019
How about a Chinese restaurant selling typical Portugese snacks? 🙂
Bica district Lisbon, famous funicular near Bairro Alto
The narrow streets in area Bairro Alto (at night) are filled with people in a party mood. Every bar and club shuts its doors and moves its drinks to the windows, or on to tables outside.
June 2019, Lisbon & historical area Alfama
All the streets are decorated with garlands and lights, from Castelo to Mouraria, Graça to Alfama, and Ajuda to Bairro Alto.
Manjerico (basil), a symbol of affection & love poems
As a symbol of affection, people present each other with little pots of basil (manjerico) and paper carnations on which they write poems.
During the month of June there are many stalls in the city where you can buy the pots with basil (from 5 – 15 euro) and a selection of poems with various texts
“não digas que não amas – “do not say you don’t love me
pois tens a voz a tremer – because your voice is trembling
quando um não proclamas – when one does not proclaim
um sim pretender dizer” – it is “yes” you mean to say….
Lisbon, Eve of Saint Anthony festivities. Picture: Luc de Leersnyder