Tag: Menorca events
24th June. The fiestas of Sant Joan celebrate the horse, the animal at the centre of all the patron saints’ day celebrations in Menorca’s villages and cities. The main festivities are spread out over 3 days: the Day of the Ram, Sant Joan’s Eve and Sant Joan’s Day itself.
These popular celebrations feature horses that prance and dance to the beat of typical music during the jaleo. The fiestas of Sant Martí in Es Mercadal, which are celebrated during the third weekend in July, have a medieval origin and feature horses with braided manes and riders decked out in full dress with an array of diverse ornaments and multi-coloured flags.
The representation of Els Pastorets heralds the arrival of Christmas. Els Pastorets is a re-enactment of Jesus’ birth that originated in representations of the shepherds’ adoration that townspeople performed in days gone-by during Midnight Mass.