Events and Holidays
Mallorca is an island of traditions, celebrations and festivals. There are many shows and fairs that recall medieval and historical moments of the island all year long. We suggest some of these celebrations to make your stay at the Riu hotels in Mallorca even more pleasant, and to know some of the culture of this wonderful place.
- Fiesta de Sant Sebastiá: is celebrated on January 20 in Palma de Mallorca, and the main reason for this festival is the commemoration of the protection granted against plague in the Middle Ages by Saint Sebastian (a Roman centurion in the service of Emperor Diocletian who declared himself a Christian and was sentenced to death). The festival is lively, and people go out to celebrate by barbecues on the street, and enjoy music concerts in the most important squares of the city.
- Fiesta de Sant Antoni Abat: is one of the most popular celebrations of the Balearic Islands and is held every January 17. People prayed to St. Anthony, patron of the animals, and asked for its protection and health. On this same journey at night, gather a crowd in the streets to make barbecue around huge bonfires and celebrate this special holiday. There are parades of Giants and Big heads, and regional dances. Highlight the celebrations in Sa Pobla.
- Mercados Medievales: medieval markets are held every year in various places, but highlights the one in Capdepera, commemorating the founding of the town by King James II in the XIII century. Here you will see many stalls with plenty of crafts, pageants and parades, and people dressed in imitation of the way people lived in ancient times. Lights, colors, flavors, artisans, an impressive medieval castle on the hill and unique atmosphere throughout the town. Certainly something very interesting.
- Gegants i Capgrossos: it is the holiday of the Giants and Big heads, a typical tradition in Mallorca, Menorca and Catalonia, which began about the year 1630 to cheer the processions of Corpus Christi.
- Dijous Bo: this popular local fair is held in Inca over several weeks, between October and November, and offers to its visitors three thematic fairs. The first is dedicated to food and agriculture, the second to leisure, sports and motor, and the third, called Fira d'Epoca features a very nice old cars rally, and some activities related to medieval traditions.
- Carnival: one of the most famous and universal celebrations throughout the world, carnival is celebrated with great joy on the island. Floats, costumes, music, parades and contests, thousands of people gather to celebrate this event on February 19, and give way to the next celebration of Easter.
- Fira del Ram: is an amusement park that brings thousands of stallholders and visitors during the months of March-April, and was considered the largest nationwide. Feelings of dizziness, adrenaline, music, light and color. Do not forget to stop by the Fira del Ram if you want to have fun.
- Sant Joan: held the evening of June 23, and is about a magical night in which the fire and dance are the protagonists. In Palma and in many villages are conducted impressive parades with hundreds of participants dressed as demons, who, throwing firecrackers and fireworks, bring the chaos and fun to thousands of people who follow them through the streets at the rhythm of drums. Attending one of these festivals is unforgettable, but it's worth going well protected from sparks to avoid a minor burn.
- Moros y Cristianos: This celebration takes place in two villages: Pollença and Sóller, and recreates a historical fact present in the memory of its inhabitants: the attacks of the Saracens pirates, who in the sixteenth century razed its shores. This is a very colorful celebration, in which participates practically all the people, Christians dressed in white and the Saracens, under the command of the pirate Dragut, on colorful dresses.
- Procesiones de Semana Santa: this week is the religious celebration commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and is also a party that has its roots in medieval times. Thousands of people take to the streets to celebrate the rites and follow the processions, they move through the historic centers of the different towns and cities at the beat of drums.