Sant Antoni (Artā)

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The festivities get underway at 8 a.m. on 16th January, with a delicious breakfast consisting of hot drinking chocolate and ensaimada pastries in the Casa de l’Obrer or the "workers home". Later on, musicians, who have already enjoyed generous servings of the muscat and the mesclat liqueur, parade around the streets, accompanied by a pair of demons, who symbolise human evil and temptations. In the afternoon, in front of the audience that has gathered, excerpts from the life of Saint Anthony are read out loud and traditional songs associated with this festivity are sung. After dark, men and women gather around the bonfires that are dotted throughout the town, to delight the public with popular songs, known as gloses.    

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