Illes Balears Balearic Nativity Scenes

March 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

December is on the way and with it comes Christmas, a time replete with celebrations, joy and traditions, such as mounting nativity scenes and displaying them in homes, churches and institutions.

Palma The Festa de l’Estendard – Banner Day

March 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Every New Year’s Eve, Palma celebrates the Festa of l’Estendard to commemorate the incorporation of Mallorca to into Europe’s Christian kingdoms.

Binissalem: Festa des Vermar, the grape harvest festival

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In September, the month of the grape harvest, Binissalem celebrates its most important festival, the “Festa des Vermar”, which for nine days transforms this wine growing town into a hive of activity flowing with fine wine.

The Festivity of Les Verges, St. Ursula’s Eve

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On the evening of October 20, the streets fill with groups of young men who take advantage of the ancient tradition of serenading girls to meet, sing and enjoy traditional buñuelos, the local version of doughnuts.

The Chant of the Sybil

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On Christmas Eve, to commemorate Jesus’ birth, Balearic churches celebrate the so-called Misa del Gallo or Matines, which is accompanied by the Chant of the Sybil, a medieval musical composition that prophesies the end of the world.

Palm Sunday all around Mallorca

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All over Mallorca, Palm Sunday, or Sunday of the Passion, marks the beginning of Easter Week with palm fronds to commemorate Jesus Christ’s entry in Jerusalem.

Mare de Deu (Mother of God) festival

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As tradition demands, a representation of the bed where the remains of the Virgin Mary lie is profusely decorated in the Churches, and on the following day they take her out in procession

The Sant Tomas Fair and slaughtering day display in Sineu

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The tradition of homemade sausage-making, a painstaking job that turned the need to conserve foods for the winter into a festive event, has survived in the Balearic Islands down the ages.

Palma Pancaritat Festa de l’Angel

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On the Sunday following Easter, many places in Majorca celebrate the Pancaritat (Festa de l’Àngel in Palma), a romería or pilgrimage excursion, the origins of which date back to the year 1407. March-april.

Illes Balears – Easter processions

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The diverse brotherhoods ‘ brotherhoods of believers ‘ start off the processions along the streets of diverse locations in the islands, recreating the last days of Christ

Palma The Feast of Santa Lucía

February 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Mallorca’s resident Swedish community has been celebrating this saint’s feast day in typical-Swedish style in Plaza de Cort every December 13 since 1985.

Fiestas de San Agustín in Felanitx

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Cavallets and dimoni are featured in the San Agustín saint’s day festivities in the Mallorcan town of Felanitx, which also includes concerts, street bands and sporting events.

Palma The Procession of the Beata, St. Catalina Thomas

February 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The city of Palma demonstrates St. Catalina Thomàs’ popularity with Palma residents and Mallorcans in general with a traditional profession of floats, music and dances on the third Saturday in October.

Palma The Feast of Corpus Christi

February 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Corpus Christi, celebrated sixty days after Easter Sunday, is a colourful, traditional holiday in Palma. Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood, is a major Catholic holiday with a mass and procession in honour of the Holy Eucharist.

Gegants i Capgrossos

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The Gegants i Capgrossos (giants and big-heads) form part of the festive tradition all over Spain, especially in Menorca and Mallorca, where these enormous figures play an important role in the popular festivals.

Diada celebration

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A number of institutional acts and activities for residents, such as concerts, conferences and sporting events at sea and in the mountains, take place on this day in Mallorca.

Revetla de Sant Joan

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On the eve of Midsummer Day, many towns in the Illes Balears celebrate its magical night. Fire is the main attraction, to dance around the bonfires to the beat of the music or to join the ritual of purification.

Dijous Bo in Inca

February 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Inca is known as the city of leather and fairs and not in vain, since within the space of just one month it celebrates four of Mallorca’s most popular festivities, the last of which is Dijous Bo, a combination of trade, culture and sports activities.

Inca’s patron saints’ days’ feast: Sant Abdó and Sant Senén

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The city of Inca, the largest town in the Raiguer zone, will be organising a varied programme of events to fete its patron saints, while inviting residents and visitors to partake in the activities.

Pollenca: The Feast of Corpus Christi

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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 […]

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