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Fiestas in Mallorca
The Spanish love fiestas and Mallorca is no exception. Most have a religious basis, but rural traditions and historic events also feature high on the list. One of the most popular events is the Moors and Christians celebrations. As with mainland Spain, the island celebrates the victory of the Christians over the Moors. The most impressive displays take place in Pollensa and Sóller. The mock battle is a noisy and colourful affair. Food is a popular ingredient in fiestas and in some of the villages on the plain, celebrations end with a giant feast of sardines. In Villafranca de Bonany the second Saturday in July is dedicated to the melon with competitions and a free melon for every villager. By far the most popular food fiesta is that in October in Sant Joan with a sausage or roast feast to mark the arrival of winter. The Cavallet fiesta of Felanitx during August is a religious celebration and consists of the children dancing in the church then racing round the town on papier-mâché hobby-horses, followed by the big-head masks and a band.
The fiesta calendar is busiest between June and September and you may find that country fairs and rural celebrations are the most interesting. Don’t expect anything to start on time though...
At a glance guide to the Fiesta's in Mallorca.
Holy Week is celebrated throughout Mallorca with various processions during the week, starting with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, in most of the villages. The following week the festival of pancaritats is held in most of the sanctuaries and hermitages all over Mallorca.
May 9-11th (approx.)
Moors and Christians mock battle in Soller – celebrates the victory over the Turkish pirates in 1561. (also known as Ses Dones Valentes – the Brave Ladies.) The second Sunday of May, is celebrated in Soller the mise en scène of the fight between the inhabitants of the islands against the Saracens.
May 26th
Corpus Christi – very old traditional parade in Pollensa town. Unique dancing display, Ball de les Aguiles (Dance of the Eagles).
June 24th
Felanitx – St Joan Pelós – the man who represents John the Baptist and goes dancing through the streets of Felanitx to the sound of specific flute, guitar and violin music.
June 29th
Feast of St Peter – very popular in the Port of Alcudia – patron saint of the fishermen. (Also celebrated in Palma, Alaró, Búger and Esporlas.)
July 10th
St Christopher – patron saint of the lorry drivers. Drivers decorate lorries and vans and drive through the towns in convoy with horns blowing and throwing out sweets to the onlookers.
July 16th (approximately)
Patron Saint of Puerto Pollensa – Virgen del Carmen. Concerts, parades, sports and art events also featuring maritime processions. Culminating in a firework display on the beach on the last Sunday night.
July 20th (approximately)
In hot climates there tend to be many ants. Please remember this when cooking and clearing up; we recommend that you do not leave any food or crumbs lying about in the open in your property as this will attract ants.
July 26th to August 2nd
Pollensa’s fiesta. A week of dancing, concerts and exhibitions held in Pollensa ending with the simulated Moors and Christians Battle on the 2nd August. The procession starts in the main street and continues to the old football ground which is located just outside the town on the road to Lluc by the roundabout.
July 27th
Valldemossa - Feast of Santa Catalina Tomas. "La Beata” procession.
August 2nd
Celebrates the Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles. A historical battle between Joan Mas and the pirates who attacked the island, can be observed in Pollensa.
August 15th
Cala d’Or – Verge de la Mar – maritime procession and traditional dancing.
August 27-28th
Famous celebrations in Felanitx - St Agustin . On Saturday, the comparsa of giants comes out accompanied by "Els Cavallets” and the devil. They perform several dances in the streets to the sound of bagpipes, flutes and drums.
September 10th
Cas Concos del Cavaller celebrates its patron saint’s day, Nuestra Señora de la Maravillas.
September 11th
In Vilafranca they celebrate the fiesta of the melon; and in Lloret de Vistalegre it is also fiesta.
September 12th
Felanitx - pilgrimage to the Puig of Sant Salvador . Also the Festival at the Sanctuary of Lluc.
September 25th
Binissalem – Festes des Vermar (wine festival). The celebration lasts 3 days. The "Vermadora Major” and her ladies are chosen and there are pasacalles, verbenas, dances and floats.
October – trade fair in Alcudia First Sunday in October.
October 17th
Palma – "La Beateta” – in honour of St Catalina Thomas – a procession with floats from all over the island through the main streets of the centre of Palma.
October 20th – October 21st
Is the feast of Sta Ursula and the 11,00 virgins."The Day of the Virgins” is celebrated all over the island. Originally the young men would serenade their girlfriends. "Buñuelos” (home made doughnuts) are on sale around the towns and villages.
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