Anthony (251–356) is known as St. Anthony of Egypt as well as Anthony the Great, Anthony of the Desert, Anthony the Anchorite and especially as St. Anthony Abbot, because he is considered the founder of monasticism and to be distinguished from St. Anthony of Padua.
The Egyptian Abbot has always had a wide popularity in rural areas, as he was considered the protector of livestock and domestic animals. Not by chance in the past in many stalls little lights were continuously burning in front of his picture. His celebration day has been for a long time an holiday with masses, processions, blessings and banquets.
Image: "St Anthony the Abbot" by Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), Spanish painter.
Source: Francisco de Zurbarán [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons