Tag: Menorca festivals

Menorca – The Mare de Déu de Gràcia festivities

| May 11, 2012
Menorca – The Mare de Déu de Gràcia festivities

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.
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Illes Balears: Balearic Nativity Scenes

| April 22, 2012
Illes Balears: Balearic Nativity Scenes

December is on the way and with it comes Christmas, a time replete with celebrations, joy and traditions, such as mounting nativity scenes and displaying them in homes, churches and institutions.
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Menorca – Els Llumets in Mahon

| April 11, 2012
Menorca – Els Llumets in Mahon

Each year, Els llumets herald the start of the holiday season in Mahon by climbing down from the tower of the Church of Santa Maria to kindle the Christmas lights.
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Menorca: Sant Joan – Ciutadella de Menorca

| April 2, 2012
Menorca: Sant Joan – Ciutadella de Menorca

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.
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Menorca: Fiestas of Sant Martí in Es Mercadal

| March 30, 2012
Menorca: Fiestas of Sant Martí in Es Mercadal

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.
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Menorca – Els Pastorets in Ciutadella

| March 28, 2012
Menorca – Els Pastorets in Ciutadella

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.
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Illes Balears Easter processions

| February 22, 2012
Illes Balears Easter processions

The diverse brotherhoods ‘ brotherhoods of believers ‘ start off the processions along the streets of diverse locations in the islands, recreating the last days of Christ
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Gegants i Capgrossos in Mallorca and Menorca

| February 16, 2012
Gegants i Capgrossos in Mallorca and Menorca

The Gegants i Capgrossos (giants and big-heads) form part of the festive tradition all over Spain, especially in Menorca and Mallorca, where these enormous figures play an important role in the popular festivals.
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Carnival Party in Alaior, Menorca

| February 15, 2012
Carnival Party in Alaior, Menorca

Fancy dress balls, a parade of floats, competitions between groups of singers and the burial of Carnestoltes, or carnival, are the main events in the most daring of all Menorca’s fiestas. March-april.
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