Holiday Street Fair to host blessing of pets Nov. 20

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The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association on Nov. 20 is inviting the public to bring their pets to be blessed in Downtown Encinitas during the Holiday Street Fair, according to a press release from the nonprofit.

Throughout the world, people celebrate the blessing of the animals, following an honor that St. Francis of Assisi introduced almost 800 years ago. The blessing is our recognition of the love, care, and concern for the creation of the animals of our earth, according to the nonprofit.

Animals will be blessed by Rev. Christian Sorensen D.D. of the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the lumberyard parking lot at South Coast Highway 101 near I Street.

Dogs, cats, fish, birds, snakes, lizards and all sorts of animals are welcome, according to the release. Those who cannot bring their pet can bring a representational photo.

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