Saint Francis Day, also known as The Feast of St Francis of Assisi, is a Christian celebration that is held annually on the 4th of October. On this day commemorations are held to remember St Francis of Assisi, a 12th Century born patron Saint of animals and the environment. Celebrations include prayer, food donations being collected at Church, and in some cases, special Church services blessing your pets. For this reason, this day may also be referred to as World Animal Day. St Francis’ Day is especially popular in his home country of Italy, where he is referred to as a national idol.
St Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, merchants and ecology.
St Francis’ Day is celebrated by Christians all over the world, although it is especially popular in Italy, the country of which St Francis is the patron saint. In the town of Assisi, where St Francis was born, residents light oil lamps using a special kind of oil that’s blessed by a priest. They light these lamps on the 3rd of October (the day St Francis was born) in remembrance of the saint.
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