Every year, Menorca’s capital city of Mahon decks itself out to the full to celebrate its patron saint’s day fiestas in honour of the Mare de Déu de Gràcia.
Although the festivities begin on September 1, the events on September 7, 8 and 9 are of particular interest. Menorca’s fiestas boast a very special attraction that features ritual acts performed by traditional characters (Fabiolers and Caixers) and purebred Menorcan horses. In the evening on September 7, the Fabioler, or flautist, sounds the replec, which calls together the riders who are to participate in the jaleo in Plaça de la Constitució, when crowds swarm around riders adorned in traditional Menorcan garb demonstrating their skills and encourage the horses to rear up on their hind quarters. The rituals begin anew at 8:00 a.m. the following day on the Feast of the Virgin and the jaleo starts at 12 noon. In the evening, unique horse races (corregudes) are held in Cós de Gràcia.
All these traditional acts are accompanied by a wide variety of musical, dance and folklore events, as well as elaborate fireworks displays. For further information, consult the full programme of activities at www.ajmao.org or Menorca’s tourist information offices.
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