The city of Palma demonstrates St. Catalina Thomàs’ popularity with Palma residents and Mallorcans in general with a traditional profession of floats, music and dances on the third Saturday in October.
This celebration has been a practice since 1792, the year in which Catalina Thomàs was beatified. Each year, the streets in the centre of Palma brim with the colour and tradition that accompany the floats, musicians and folklore groups from all over the island who, along with other city residents, pay homage to the saint who inspires the most devotion and popularity in Mallorca: St. Catalina Thomàs, better known as the Beata or Beateta.
A solemn mass talks place in the Church of Santa Magdalena in the morning that includes a girl who represents the Santa Catalina and will later ride on the main float during the parade that takes place in the evening. Upon its conclusion, participants and the general public gather in one of the city’s plazas for traditional folkdances.
Several towns on the island hold major celebrations in her honour every year, among them Valldemossa (late July), Santa Margalida (the first week of September) and Vilafranca de Bonany (late July).
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