There is nothing better to escape from the stress of everyday life and totally disconnect than visiting Mallorca coinciding with one of its parties. You will be surprised to know that you have a lot of events full of music, tradition and color throughout the year. From national celebrations to local celebrations, there is always a reason to celebrate. For this reason, in ROIG Rent a Car we want to show you the local festivals in Majorca that you cannot miss, so you can jot them down on your calendar and get to them in a taxi from Palma de Mallorca or from wherever you want.
Sant Antoni in Artà
January 17 is the day of Sant Antoni Abad, patron saint of animals. As in many places of Catholic tradition, the island of Majorca, this saint is also celebrated. One of the towns where this festivity is most traditional is Artà, which fills its streets with fire on the eve of this date. Bonfires are lit, dimonis (or demons) walk the streets to dance under fire, and it is the perfect time to eat a lot of chocolate and ensaïmada.
Festes de Sant Sebastià
January is undoubtedly a month for celebration in Majorca. In the case of the festivities of Sant Sebastià, they last two whole weeks that are full of activities for adults and children. On the eve of the saint’s day, in Palma de Mallorca you will be able to attend a parade with some of the most popular characters of the island’s traditional culture, including giants, capgrossos (big heads) and the Na Coca Dragon, all accompanied by the traditional music of the xeremiers. It is also traditional to light the bonfire, or fogueró, which will be the starting point of all the celebrations. On the 21st of each year there is also a big parade with up to five “groupings of devils” that will make you dance to the beat of the drums.
Procession of Els Cavallets
During these same festivities of Sant Sebastià, Pollença celebrates the tradition of the Cavallets i L’Estendard on January 20th. It is a dance accompanied by a tambourine and a piccolo in which cardboard horses dance in honor of Saint Sebastian to commemorate the struggle of the medieval people against the Turkish soldiers to defend the Christian faith. They are also accompanied by a centurion, in memory of the saint, who was a soldier in the Roman army during his lifetime.
Sa Rua and Sa Rueta
Carnival has a special relationship with the Balearic island, since an authentic party is celebrated in Palma de Mallorca every year, where the whole family is welcome. In the morning, the youngest can join Sa Rueta, where, in addition to a large costumes parade, also fills the streets of the capital of the island with entertainment, workshops and other activities that will that they will surely enjoy. In the afternoon, it is the adults’ turn, since there are floats and carnival costume contests, all enlivened by concerts so you can dance to the best beats during this colorful festival.
Moros i Cristians in Port de Sóller
Although the recreations of battles between Moors and Christians take place in different towns, the representation of Port de Sóller is one of the most spectacular. Es Firó recalls how the population fought against an attack by pirates from Turkey and Algeria every Monday after the second Sunday in May. The young people go to the party dressed as one of the two sides and represent this feat in the port area. Vintage boats, music and lots of smoke culminate in a great party.
Another of the festivals in Majorca that you cannot miss is Corpus Christi. Despite being a celebration closely linked to religion, this is another opportunity to attend an event that is also related to Majorcan culture. In Pollença, you can attend the Ball de les Àligues, a procession similar to Els Cavallets. However, in this case it is two girls who are dressed in an eagle suit, adorned with jewelry. Both are preceded by Saint John the Baptist with his face covered with a mask. This festival is celebrated every year in June, 60 days after Easter Sunday.