Festivities in Majorca

August 31, 2019
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There are many reasons to travel to Majorca: its beaches, its privileged climate, its gastronomy. . . but there is one reason that is often not taken into account, but that can determine the date when you decide to enjoy your holidays in Majorca, and this is: its fiestas. There are certain festivities held on the island that are well worth travelling to Majorca during those days. Next, we will tell you which are the main festivities of the island so that you can rent a villa in Majorca with time.

 

The Three Wise Men (5th January)

A fundamental celebration if you travel with children. The Three Kings are celebrated on the 5th of January. A Spanish tradition whose origin goes back to when the Three Wise Men of the East brought gifts to the baby Jesus. That night there are parades, the most important in Palma, with the Three Wise Men (and other characters from drawings and related to children) throwing candy to the children. The next morning, the children get up early to see what gifts the Three Wise Men have left them. Children who have misbehaved during the year instead of gifts receive charcoal (there is even a sweet charcoal, which imitates authentic charcoal, which is used to make the joke).

 

Sant Antoni (16th and 17th January)

Probably the most characteristic and important festival of the island. At this time, one of the most deeply-rooted traditions in Majorca is celebrated in many of the island’s towns - Pollensa, Palma, Artà, Muro, etc. -. During the night, a multitude of people walk the streets disguised as dimonis (devils) with correfocs (fire runs); in addition to fireworks, stalls with traditional food and, above all, a lot of partying and joy. A celebration that nobody should miss, especially if you want to get to know the authentic Majorcan spirit.

Moreover, if you decide to enjoy your holidays in Majorca in January, you will live a more authentic experience of the island, very different from the summer months, with much less overcrowding. Another advantage is that renting a holiday home in Majorca is much cheaper.

 

Calvari (Easter)

Whether you are religious or not we recommend that you do not miss the descent of Jesus Christ on the cross from Calvari. El Calvari is a sanctuary located at the top of the mountain of the same name, in the town of Pollensa, which is accessed by climbing a staircase of 365 steps (one for each day of the year). In Holy Week, more specifically on Good Friday, hundreds of locals and tourists congregate in this sanctuary to celebrate with solemnity and recollection this moment full of spirituality and feeling. A holiday in Majorca can also be good for the spirit.

 

Sant Joan (24th June)

To celebrate the arrival of summer people gather to spend the night on the beach in the heat of the bonfires (there is the tradition of going over them as well as burning everything bad to make way for the good. This is a night to enjoy with friends and family in which you drink, eat, talk and laugh. In Palma de Majorca, there are also dimonis (devils) and correfocs (fire runs), although this is a relatively modern custom and not as spectacular as that of Sant Antoni.

 

Moors and Christians (2nd August)

In Pollensa during that day is celebrated the day of its patron (La Mare De Déu Dels Àngels) and it recreates a historical moment occurred in 1550. A group of combatants dressed in Christians, dressed in white, and another in Moors, with colorful clothes, will represent a battle through the streets of Pollensa in which the Christians will gradually go, making the Moorish pirates retreat. This battle will culminate in a final fierce battle next to St. George’s Church. In writing it is impossible to convey the spectacularity of this battle, which has nothing to do with how impressive it is seen (and experienced) live. A celebration worth renting a villa in Pollensa.

 

Of course there are many more such as: San Sebastian in Palma (16th and 17th January), the Flower Fair in Costitx (1st May), the medieval festival of Capdepera (third weekend of May), the craft fair in Pollensa (second weekend of November) ... and, in summer, each village holds parties in honor of its patron.

 

Finally, do not forget that, in addition to the annual festivities, many of these localities have weekly markets (for example, in Pollensa on Sunday mornings). Where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the area, local handicrafts, traditional food, etc. that you can enjoy later in your villa in Majorca.

 

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