TODAY’S SAINT: ST. VINCENT’S DAY (AND HOPE FOR A GOOD YEAR FOR CROPS)

St. Vincent’s Day

São Vicente St. Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on

English: Statue of Vincent of Saragossa, in Sa...

English: Statue of Vincent of Saragossa, in Saint Vincent Church, Braga, Portugal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead.

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