Pollenca: The Feast of Corpus Christi

February 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There is an ancient tradition associated to the Feast of Corpus Christi of which only the town of Pollença can boast: Ball de les Àguiles (Dance of the Eagles) and the ritual dance known as Sant Joan Pelós (Hairy St. John). Corpus Christi, celebrated sixty days after Easter Sunday, is a colourful, traditional holiday in Pollença.

Pollenca - The Feast of Corpus Christi
Pollenca – The Feast of Corpus Christi

The procession begins at dusk after mass in Plaza de la Iglesia in Pollença. Sant Joan Pelós leads the way for the Aguiles, who parade by in a procession that includes a statue of the Eucharistic, a band and the parents of the Aguiles, as well as children who have received their first communion this past year.

Ball de les Àguiles is performed by two young girls dressed in white and decked in baroque-style gold jewellery donated by village families for this occasion. From their waists hangs an eagle with a cardboard crown decorated with multi-coloured ribbons that adorn the dancers’ movements. There are two dances: ‘Les taules’, which is performed in church, and a dance performed during the procession, both of which are accompanied by guitar, guitarron, violin and ‘castanyoles’ or large castanets.

Sant Joan Pelós is another ritual dance with a long history. The dancer portraying Sant Joan wears silk clothing, a red cape and a mask and carries a cross in one hand and a lamb in his arms.

More information: www.ajpollenca.net

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