La Patrona Festival in Pollensa

March 16, 2020
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La Patrona Festival in Pollensa is one of the most famous and busiest festivities in Majorca.

 

Loaded with tradition, it’s one of the highlights of the year for the inhabitants of Pollença, as well as an unforgettable event for the many visitors who visit the town on that day to experience the battle in person.

 

It is a tradition rooted for many centuries, which commemorates the Virgin Patron Saint of Pollensa, the "Mare de Déu dels Àngels" - Mother of Good of the Angels.

 

The Feast

 

On 2nd of August, almost the entire population of Pollensa hits the streets to participate in the mock battle with swords made of wood, the Christians dressed in white pyjamas and nightgowns and their adversaries with colourful attire.

 

However, before it comes to the battle, the feasts begin with the traditional opening speech, followed by the dance of the Cossiers, which has a great importance within these celebrations.

 

 

At early hours of the morning, the arrival of the privateers is simulated to signal the neighbours to be prepared. However, it’s not until the evening, after the procession of an ancient image of the patron saint, that the recreation of the Moors against Christians battle begins.

 

The recreation of the battle begins in the plaza of the Almoina, in the "Fuente del Gallo", with the meeting of the leaders of both armies: Joan Mas, Christians, and Dragut and his Lieutenant, on the other hand of the Moors.

 

At 7 o'clock, after invoking Joan Mas Mare de Déu dels Àngels, an impressive simulacrum starts in which both armies face. Little by little, the moro army will go back from the main street to Can Nogues where the real Mayor joins the battle.

 

Pollena Main Square

 

The Moors retreat down the main street and when they reach Can Nogués, l'Ajuntament Vella joins the battle, a character who represents the former University governing body in Majorca. When they arrive at the Church of Sant Jordi, there is another fight that represents the liberation of the women, men and children imprisoned there by the Moors.

 

Finally, the Christians defeated the Moorish army in the field of "Can' Escarrinxo" when they snatched them the flag. The victory celebration ends with the traditional singing of the Te Deum in the parish.

 

The result? The people of Pollença won thanks to Joan Mas, who led the fight against the opponents, far superior in number: 1,500 men who were not able to defeat the brave local inhabitants.

 

Pollensa Market 

 

With the passing of the years the recreation of the battle between Moors and Christians has become the main attraction for all tourists who have decided to spend their holidays in Majorca. But this is not all, you can enjoy many more activities such as concerts, activities for children, markets, evening parties, and much more.

 

 

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