FESTIVITIES, FAIRS & TRADITIONS

JANUARY (Days 5 and 6)

  • Celebration of the Three Kings. The kings coming from Orient arrive by boat to Alcúdia’s Bay. They go to adore the child in the living nativity scene placed in the Square of Carlos V greeting all those who have come to greet them. Later they are greeted by the Mayor in the Porta of Moll of the said square. As soon as this act finishes, the Kings and the royal pages prepare themselves for the gifts delivery.
  • On the 6th of January, a traditional Three Kings Concert is held in the Auditorium of Alcúdia, performed by the Municipal Band and the Ciutat d’Alcúdia Choir.

From 16th to 20th January. Festivity of Sant Antoni (patron saint of animals) and Sant Sebastià.

Every year, on January 16th the “Dimonis” (Devils) leave the Town Hall and run through the streets of Alcúdia. Over the course of the week, foguerons (bonfires) are lit where people enjoy traditional food like Sobrassada or Botifarrons while listening to the music of the Ximbombes, a Mallorcan musical instrument.

On January 17th the beneïdes (blessing of the animals) takes place in the whole Mallorca.

  • January 16th.  From 16 h the festivity and various street events, appearance of San Antoni and the devils.  Bonfire night from 20 h.
  • January 17th. Sant Antoni day.  Tradicional bautismo de animales en las escaleras de la Iglesia.

FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL

  • Carnival. Sa Rua. Music, color and show come together in a big parade that goes through the Old Town on the last Sunday of Carnival.
  • Holy Week. Processions and religious acts take place to commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. It starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. The dates may vary according to the lunar calendar.
  • Maundy Thursday- Processions.
  • Good Friday- Processions.
  • Holy Saturday- Easter Vigil.
  • Easter Sunday- Easter Day.
  • Easter Monday- Second Easter Day.

JUNE (Last Week)

  • Festivity of Sant Pere. On June 29th is celebrated the day of the patron of fishermen in Port d’Alcúdia. A procession sails around the bay after walking across the Passeig Marítim (Seafront) accompanied by the local authorities and fishermen.The celebration lasts a week and combines religious events with cultural and festive activities: Havaneres nights, popular sardinadas, concerts... that create a seaside atmosphere and playful in the port of Alcúdia.

JULY (Days 1 and 2)

  • Festivities of Mare de Déu de la Victòria.They take place in the Chapel of La Victòria. The celebration or Revetlla starts on July 1st with a race (athletic competition) where participants run uphill to the Chapel. When the night falls, the traditional Ball de Bot dancing starts, with the local bands Sarau Alcudienc and Tacàritx. The party continues until late in the night to the sound of guitars. The next morning, at 8.30 fireworks are launched from the Town Hall. The Municipal Band parades through the streets to let people know that the festivities are still on in La Victòria. At 11am a mass is celebrated with offerings of small camomile branches, followed by traditional games. In the afternoon, the Ball de Bot traditional dances continue with the Municipal Band.

PATRON SAINT SANT JAUME FESTIVITIES (19th – 26th July)

  • The festivities go on for a week, with a wide selection of events to choose from: concerts, open-air dances, theatre and exhibitions as well as religious celebrations. The highligh of the latter being the High Mass on the day of Sant Jaume, in the Parish Church. The giants or Gegants are placed in the entrance of the Town Hall. In the evening of Sant Jaume, the end of the festivity is celebrated with a concert by the Municipal Band and a fireworks show.

TRIENNAL DEL SANT CRIST (celebrated every 3 years, on July 26th)

  • The Procession of Sant Crist takes place every three years in thanksgiving for a miracle that occurred in 1507. Tradition has it that the image sweated blood and water, putting an end to the years of drought.

AGOSTO

La Mostra de Teatre. Todos los viernes del mes de agosto se celebra una Muestra de Teatro en el antiguo teatro romano de la Ciudad de     Pollentia, donde se representan obras de teatro clásicas y contemporáneas en un marco incomparable lleno de historia. 

Els darrers dies del mes d'agost marquen la fi de la collita de melons i síndries.  Va ser una tradició molt arrelada als pobles de Mallorca aprofitar els darrers melons de l'estiu per crear una jugueta infantil. Buidant-los, fent-los una decoració de vegades senzilla i de vegades molt acurada i posant-los una espelmeta col·locada a dins.

  • Fiesta de Ses Llanternesel 24 de agosto. Los últimos días del mes de agosto marcan el fin de la cosecha de melones y sandías. Es una tradición muy arraigada en los pueblos de Mallorca, aprovechar los últimos melones del verano para crear un juguete infantil, un farolillo. Estas y otras frutas se vacían y decoran para ponerles una vela en su interior y simular una linterna o farol. La noche de San Bartolomé los niños se concentran delante del Ayuntamiento acompañados por sus padres y abuelos para lucir sus farolillos (llanternes). A partir de ahí los niños y niñas pasean organizadamente por las calles de la ciudad con sus melones, sandías, pimientos, naranjas y limones reconvertidos en originales faroles; cantando canciones populares infantiles.

AUGUST

The Mostra de Teatre. Open-air thatre series. Every Friday in August, the ancient theatre of the Roman city of Pollentia becomes an iconic stage for a series of plays.

  • Ses Llanternes parade.On August 24th, the children of Alcúdia walk through the streets with lanterns made out of melons and watermelons while singing popular Mallorcan songs and tunes for the occasion.

OCTOBER

  • On the first weekend of October takes place the Fira d'Alcúdia (Alcúdia’s fair), with agricultural, handicraft, industrial and trade goods on show. On Saturday, “l’Estol del Rei En Jaume”, a group of large-headed carnival fantasy figures representing characters of the tradition and history of Mallorca parade through the streets.
  • The Saturday of the Virgins is celebrated on October 20th, when young women and girls are sung traditional serenades. A group of local musicians gather under the windows of young single women. They sing by request of suitors, fathers, grandfathers and friends. In appreciation the girls invite the musicians to Bunyols (hollow fritters) and sweet wine.

NOVEMBER

  • All Saints Festivity (Tots Sants). November 1, all Saints Day, is celebrated the beatification of all souls. The godparents give to their godchildren the traditional Rosari Ensucrat or Rosari de Tots Sants, is a typical mallorcan sweet that simulates a rosary that instead of having beads have chocolates, candies and pieces of caramelized fruit from which hangs a pendant of caramelized pumpkin (carabassat) as a medal or paten. These along with other so-called Panellets sweets can be purchased in most bakeries of the Island during this time of the year.

DECEMBER

  • Christmas. Among the highlights of Christmas we find: Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the Chant of la Sibil·la, the nativity scene, carol competitions and the New Year’s Eve party. The most important act is La Misa del Gallo (Matines) the night of the 24th December, that includes the Cant de la Sibil·la, a liturgical drama, very popular during in the Middle Ages in the South of Europe. The song of the Sibil·la is one of the most precious monuments of our religious folklore. It was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. That same year was recovered in Alcúdia its own version of this song, that had ceased to be interpreted.