One of the most popular festivities, declared of interest for tourists, on the Island of Majorca is the Beata Sor Catalina Thomàs Procession, a celebration that takes place in the village of Santa Margalida on the first weekend in September.
Although the festivity programme covers a number of days and activities, Saturday is the so-called Dissabte de la Beata, when, in the afternoon, an offering of flowers is made at the Saint’s monument and, at night, a popular open-air party is organised.
The following day, Diumenge de la Beata, is the main day of the festivities. Mass is held at mid-morning and the devils wait outside the church for the Saint and her court (represented by a young girl and her assistants) to come out in order to start creating commotion in the surrounding area.
Early on Sunday, the devils, that take part in the festivities, gather to walk the streets of the village waking the neighbours with the sound of the cowbells sewed on to their clothes.
At night, the villagers take part in a folk-religious procession that also features floats depicting events in the life of the Saint. Hundreds of clay pitchers are handed out to those present. The devils try to snatch them and then break them at the feet of the young girl playing the part of the Saint.
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Category: Spain festivals