To help you plan your holiday here is a useful 'at a glance' list of the most important fiestas celebrated on fixed dates throughout the year in Mallorca. Some you will recognise as they're the same as British holidays, others are local ones:
1st January. New Year
6th January. Feast of Epiphany
1st March. Day of the Balearic Islands
1st May. May Day
15th August. Ascension Day
12th October. National holiday
1st November. All Saints' Day
6th December. Day of the constitution
8th December. The "Inmaculada"
25th December. Christmas Day
26th December. Boxing Day
Here are the other important fiestas that take place around the island. We have given each a small explanation of what they're about so you can fully enjoy the spectacle as it unfold before you. Please note, where the celebrations do not fall on a regular date we've attempted to give an idea of the approximate timing
All Spain celebrate the visit of the Three Kings to the stable bringing, of course, their gifts. This is the equivalent of Christmas Eve when all children would receive their gifts. Today, the 25th December is becoming more important as the 'gift giving' day, as the children have to be back at school on the 7th and otherwise would have little time to enjoy their gifts.
Around the island each village will have their own three king visit, already on the evening of the 5th of January - possibly on tractors, tourists trains or horses. But by far the most elaborate procession will be in Palma where the Kings may actually arrive on Camels!
Spotlight Tip: often sweets are thrown from the procession by the Kings attendants…so make sure you get a good position in the front line!
The fiesta of 'San Antonio Abad': mainly celebrated in the Sa Pobla, Arta, Costitx, Manacor and Sant Joan areas where large bonfires take pride of place in the festivities. The locals dance around the fires in their garish costumes whilst in Sa Pobla it's traditional to eat the 'Espinegades' which is similar to a slice of pizza with a savoury topping.
The fiesta of 'Beneides de Sant Antoni', celebrated mainly in Palma, Costitx, Manacor, Sa Pobla and Petra. Pollensa celebrates 'Pi de Sant Antoni'.
Another bonfire fiesta, known as the fiesta of 'Revetla de Sant Sebastia' happens over the evening of the 19th then on the 20th the fiestas of 'Sant Sebastia' is celebrated in Palma where he is the patron saint, and Costitx.
Whilst in Pollensa the fiesta of 'Sant Sebastia' is celebrated with a Procession where an image of the Saint is carried around the town.
A number of small fiestas are celebrated in Santa Agnes area.
Carnival fiestas are celebrated throughout the month of February in all the towns across Mallorca and really are a sight to behold! The floats are individually designed and have been built in a labour of love over the winter months. Each follows a theme and they are manned by entire families, organisations, dance schools and the like.
Most of the larger towns and resorts will have their own small procession but the largest and most spectacular takes place in Palma.
A local fiesta is celebrated in the Santa Eularia area.
An extremely popular celebration in Spain, second only to the 3 kings fiesta at Christmas. Known as 'Semana Santa' (the Holy Week) processions of different sizes and grandeur will be held all over the island across the holiday (Thursday to Sunday). For example Sineu and Pollensa both celebrate Easter Friday with a traditional Procession. Whilst in Palma, on Maundy Thursday, a procession leaves the church of La Sang, carrying a crucifix.
Pancaritat/Festa de l’Angel:
In the week after Easter many towns celebrate the Fiesta of the Guardian Angel of Palma with pilgrimages to the chapels, where the last empanadas(traditionally at Easter eaten dumplings) are shared in between each other and the bread is blessed (pancaritat). The biggest is in Palma to the castle Bellver with over 20.000 people.
Local fiestas are held in Sant Francesc in honour of Saint Francis.
Sant Vicenc de sa Cala holds their local fiesta
Fiestas are celebrated in Sant Jordi.
Second Sunday of the Month:
The festival of Moors and Christians which takes place in Sóller is fun event to watch or take part in. Commemorating the victory of the Christians over the Turkish pirates in 1561 it's an excuse to dress up in costumes and rampage through the town!
The locals make up the two opposing teams and the battle begins. Always ending in the victorious Christians giving the Turks their choice to convert to Christianity or die.
It's a fun day of events for all the family and a definite 'must see' if you're on holiday in the Sóller area.
The fiestas of 'Sant Antoni de Juny' are celebrated in Arta and includes parades of locals dressed up as horses
Whilst in Pollensa the fiesta of Corpus Christi, 'Ball de les Aguiles' is also celebrated.
The fiestas of 'Sant Joan' are celebrated in Muro and Sant Joan with the traditional display of carts, bulls, theatre performances and much more.
Wonderful coastline processions take place in Palma, Puerto Alcúdia and Port d'Andratx to celebrate the fiestas of 'Sant Pere', their patron saint.
Marratxi celebrates the fiesta of 'Romeria de Sant' with an exhibition and craftmarket of typical ceramic pots and ornaments.
The fiesta of 'Romeria a la Virgen de la Victoria' takes place in Alcúdia where a typical pilgrimage is undertaken as part of the festivities.
July (15) 16:
The 'Virgen del Carmen', is the patron saint of sailors, fishermen and generally anyone who makes their living from the sea. Thanks are given to this Saint mainly in Port d'Andratx, Cala Ratjada, Sóller and Puerto Pollensa where an evening procession is conducted by boats in honour of the saint.
The fiestas of 'Sant Jaume' are celebrated in Alcúdia, Calvia, Binissalem, Muro, Santanyi and Portocolom'. Horse races around the towns are the main theme of this fiesta.
Last Sunday of the month: Fiestas are celebrated in Fornells.
The fiesta of 'Santa Catalina Thomas' is celebrated mainly in Valldemossa with street processions of elaborate floats.
More battles with Moors and Christians in Pollensa where the fiesta of 'Ntra Sra dels Angels' is held.
The patron fiestas of 'Sant Llorenc' are celebrated in Selva.
A public holiday across Spain to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin
August 23 & 24:
The patron fiestas of 'Sant Bartomeu' with the typical 'Cossiers' (historical Mallorquin dances) are celebrated in Algaida and Montuiri.
Horse races again, this time held in Arta and Capdepera during their festival for their patron saint 'Sant Bartomeu'.
The fiesta of 'Sant Agustin' is celebrated in Felanitx with medieval dancing, displays of horse riding and of course the ever present traditional dancing.
Sant Joan celebrates the 'Festa de l'Estiu' (summer fair) with food, fun and frolics.
Santa Margalida celebrates the fiesta of 'Procession de la Beata'. The local people dress sup in folk costume and parade through the town.
The fiesta of 'Sant Mateu' is celebrated in Bunyola.
Last Sunday of the month:
More traditional dancing at the fiesta of 'Fiesta del Vermar' celebrated in Binissalem. It's a sort of harvest festival celebration to mark the grape-harvest. There's floats, dancing and usually live music… so a fun time to be had by all!
And on a similar theme, also on this date is the Fiesta del Melo (or the watermelon festival) held in Vilafranca de Bonany lovers of watermelon should ensure they make sure they have this date in their diary:
First Sunday of the month:
The fiesta of 'Torrada d'es Botifarro' (or the celebration of the sausage!) is celebrated in Sant Joan where you can see typical sausages being made and then cooked on open fires. There is also plenty of traditional dancing (called 'xeremies i capgrossos') to work of those calories!
Dia de la Hispanidad (or Spanish Day). This is a national holiday across Spain, and it commemorates the discovery of the New World by Christopher Colombus in 1492.
Palma celebrates the Fiesta de Virgin where along with the general merriment there's also the challenge of eating lots of cakes and singing - though not both at the same time!
Third Saturday of the month:
Palma again, where a small fiesta is dedicated to Santa Catalina Tomas 'La Beateta '. Many surrounding towns take part by including their own float in the procession.
Dijous Bo (Good Thursday):
The largest and most popular fair of the island is celebrated in Inca on the 3rd Thursday of the month. It's an important agricultural event and you're guaranteed great local food.
Santanyi has their fiesta for their patron saint 'Sant Andreu'
Christmas Eve celebrations start at midnight with midnight mass in the local churches. Then many people move on to the local bar to welcome in Christmas day.
The following day is a time for families to get together around the table to enjoy an afternoon of eating traditional food such as pork. And of course…there's the opening of the presents!
Alongside traditional New Years Eve celebrations in Palma they celebrate the fiesta of 'l'Estandard' which commemorates the Christian conquest of the city by King Jaime I in 1229.
Fiestas are a big part of Spanish culture and it's no different on Mallorca!
It's a time when families, friends or, in the case of village fiestas, the whole community comes together to celebrate. To attend one is a fabulous way of understanding Spanish culture and everyone is made welcome, especially children.
n.b. Do be aware though that when fiestas take place many of the non-tourist shops and many attractions will be closed for the holiday.
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