Public / bank holidays and fiestas in Mallorca, 2016

Here is a list and dates of the public holidays and fiestas in Mallorca for 2016.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND FIESTAS, MALLORCA 2016

  • New Year: 1st January
  • Feast of Epiphany / Three Kings: 6th January
  • Balearics Day: 1st of March (Balearic Islands). Marks the Statute of Autonomy of 1983
  • Maundy Thursday: 24th of March
  • Good Friday:25th of March
  • Easter Monday:28th of March
  • May Day / Labour Day: 1st of May
  • May Day / Labour Day holiday: 2nd of May
  • Assumption of Mary : 15th of August
  • Spanish National Day / Columbus Day: 12th of October
  • All Saints Day: 1st of November
  • Constitution Day: 6th of December
  • Inmaculada (Immaculate Conception): 8th of December
  • Christmas Day: 25th of December
  • Boxing Day / Saint Stephen’s Day: 26th of December

FIESTAS

Some of these events last for several days and they can be on different days depending on the towns or villages. Please use this as a general guide for events to look out for and refer to the Mallorca Daily Bulletin around the time of each fiesta for exact details. All towns / villages hosting fiestas will also have posters and other publicity in advance.

January

  • 1st January: News Years Day. Also the day of Sant Joan the Feast of the Circumcision. A mass is held during which people who have lost a relative bring a picture of their loved one and the Saint after whom they were named and prayers are said for them.
  • 5th January: The Three Kings (Reyes Magos) celebrations begin. In all of Spain this is the time when the main Christmas gifts are exchanged. The arrival of the Three Kings is celebrated with elaborate parades throughout the island, sweets and presents are thrown to the children in the crowds.
  • 6th January: Three Kings mass and celebrations. This is a family day with mass, family lunches and further celebrations.
  • 16th January: The fiestas of ‘San Antonio Abad’. The start of several days of some of the most engaging and entertaining festivals across the Island, focused on old towns such as Pollensa, Arta, Sa Pobla, Alaro and Binissalem. The event is slightly different in each but invariably involve bonfires and BBQs around the town, fireworks and the traditional dance of the devils which is well worth seeing.
  • 17th January: Sant Antoni. Involves the blessing of the animals in the morning, where the local town pets and some of the livestock are taken to church to be blessed.
  • 20th January: Sant Sebastia. San Sebastian is the Patron Sant of Palma and the day’s celebrations include the Correfoc where devils and dragons dance through the street of Palma and Palma Old Town carrying fireworks and firestaffs. There are usually many other events in Palma running over several days. This will usually include many musical events with a variety of bands and musicians from all parts of Spain performing on stages throughout Palma – see the local press or ask around for more details. Look out in other towns and villages too as they might also celebrate Sant Sebastia.
  • 21st January: Santa Agnes, fiesta.

February

  • 3rd February: Sant Blai, Sant Joan. Celebration in Sant Joan village. The locals are anointed with the holy oil of Sant Blai in order to ward off sore throats. As with many such festivals, the theme might sound rather obtuse but they are invariably accompanied by dancing, drinking, local foods of one sort or another and generally good times.
  • 12th February: Santa Eulalia. Local fiestas celebrated throughout Mallorca.
  • Shrove Tuesday. (“Pancake Day” in the UK). Shrove Tuesday falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent in the Christian faith. Dates vary from year to year, but it usually falls in February, sometimes early March. In Mallorca there is a ceremony, the burial of the sardine, accompanied by a mock funeral culminating in the sardine being thrown onto a large funeral pyre. This slightly odd ceremony is the center point of a night of celebrating including BBQ’d sardines along with drinking and dancing.
  • Final weekend before Lent: Sa Rua. This is primarily a Palma Carnival marked by bonfires, fancy dress and processions. Many fancy dress balls marks the end of the Carnival before Lent. Palma hosts the most spectacular fiesta, known as the Cavalcade Sa Rua.
  • There are many other local carnivals, fiestas and fairs in Mallorca during February – see the Mallorca Daily Bulletin, watch out for posters and ask around for details.

March

  • 1st March: Balearic Islands Day. Focused on Palma but celebrated throughout Mallorca.
  • 19th March: Saint Joseph S’Alqueria Blanca. Local fiesta in the pretty village of S’Alqueria Blanca.
  • Easter Week (“Saints Week” or “Semana Santa”), including Saint Thursday and Saint Friday (24th and 25th March) and Easter Monday (28th March). Easter is observed by the churches of the West on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox (March 21).Easter in Mallorca involves fiestas throughout the island. Processions and celebrations have different names such as Davallament in Pollensa, and Pancaritat and Fiesta of the Angel in Palma. Celebrations and parades in Palma occur throughout the Easter week.

April

  • 2nd April: Sant Francesc fiestas. Local fiestas celebrated regionally in different parts of Mallorca.
  • 5th April: Sant Vicenc de sa Cala fiestas. Local fiestas celebrated throughout Mallorca.
  • 13th April: Palm Sunday. Local fiestas celebrated throughout Mallorca.
  • 23rd April: Sant Jordi fiestas. Local fiestas celebrated throughout Mallorca.

May

  • 12th May: Firo de Soller. Re-enactments of the battle between the Christians and the Moors in Soller and Deia, with assorted festivities.
  • 2nd Sunday of May: Re-enactment of the battle between the Christians and the Moors, with assorted festivities.

June

  • 9th June: Whit Monday.
  • 13th June: Corpus Christi, Ball de les Aguiles, Pollensa. This popular festival includes the ‘Dance of the Eagles’ and is performed in the main town square of Pollensa.
  • 13th June: Sant Antoni de Juny, Arta. Celebration in Arta includes parades of locals dressed up as horses.
  • 24th June: fiesta of Sant Joan, Muro. Local festival in Muro.
  • 24th June: Festa del Sol que Bailla, Sant Joan. Local festival in Sant Joan.
  • 29th June: festival of Sant Pere, Palma and Puerto Alcudia. Local celebrations and festivals held in Palma and Puerto Alcudia.
  • 30th June: Romeria de Sant Marcal, Marratxi. Market and exhibition of traditional ornaments and “siurell” (traditional clay figures).

July

  • 1st/2nd July: Romeria a la Virgen de la Victoria, Alcudia. Celebration in Alcudia.
  • 15th and 16th July: Verge del Carme. The men of the sea celebrate their patron saint’s festivity, the Verge del Carme (Our Lady of Mount Carmel), and organise maritime processions and other festive and religious ceremonies in the main ports of the Island. A very colourful and enjoyable occasion.
  • 25th July: Sant Jaume. Local fiestas celebrated throughout Mallorca.
  • 26th July: Procesión Del Sant Crist, Alcudia. Local celebration held every three years when it is said that in 1507 the figure of Christ in the parish church sweated blood and water and ended a long, harsh drought.
  • 28th July: Santa Catalina Thomas fiestas, Valldemossa. Local celebration in Valldemossa
  • 30th July: Sant Abdó I Sant Senén, Inca. Local festival in Inca with parades, local folk dancing and many other events / activities.
  • Last Sunday of the month: Fornells. Local fiestas celebrated throughout Mallorca.

August

  • 2nd August: Patrona de Pollensa. Re-enactment of the battle of the Moors and the Christians. This goes on for days (weeks in fact if you include the choosing of sides and various other preparations). This is one of the most hard core fiestas in Mallorcan calendar, with many a grudge taken out during the mock battles. A fantastic event, great for foreigners as by-standers. Be advised though it is really only for locals to participate!
  • 6th August: Sant Salvador, Arta. Local festivities in Arta.
  • 10th August: Sant Llorenc, Selva. Local festival in Selva.
  • 15th August: Mare De Déu D’Agost O Mare De Déu Morta. Local festivities in Caimari, Campos, Esporles, Es Molinar (Palma) and Sineu.
  • 16th August: Sant Roc. Local festivities in Alaro, Porreres and other inland towns and villages – can last for several days.
  • 23rd and 24th August: The fesvnt Bartomeu’. Celebration of Saint Bartomeu held throughout Mallorca and celebrated most actively in the old towns such as Soller, Pollensa and Santanyi.
  • 28th August: Sant Agusti, Felanitx. Local festival in Felanitx.
  • 29th August: Sant Joan. Local fiestas celebrated throughout Mallorca.

September

  • 1st Sunday of September: The fiesta of ‘Procession of the Beata’, Santa Margalida. Celebration in Santa Margalida to celebrate the day that a nun, Catalina Tomas, was blessed in heaven by the Pope.
  • 21st September: Sant Mateu fiestas. Local festival in Bunyola.
  • Last Sunday of September: the day of ‘Festa des Vermada’, Binissalem. A very colourful and fun festival in celebration of the grape harvest in Binissalem, the center of the wine industry in Mallorca. After the harvesting of the grapes a rocket is fired and the young villagers follow a drummer and piper to a field where there is a grape fight!

October

  • First Sunday of the month: Torrada d’es Botifarro’.. This is the Fiesta of the traditional Mallorcan black pudding. Butifarrones, slices of pork and sobrassada are roasted on BBQs and eaten with wine or beer.
  • Third Saturday of the month: Santa Catalina Tomas ‘La Beateta’, Palma. Local fiestas in Palma de Mallorca.

November

  • 30th November: Sant Andreu fiestas, Santanyi. Local fiestas in Santanyi.
  • 3rd Thursday of November: Dijos Bo En Inca, Inca. Local fiesta in Inca. Incudes livestock competitions, musical and sports events

December

  • 24th / 25th December: Christmas. On Christmas Eve there is also the traditional Misa del Gallo, the Midnight Mass with recitals of local religious music dating back to the Middle Ages. Christmas Day itself is very much a traditional, family occasion. There are further Christmas Celebrations including present-giving during Three Kings, which follows in January.
  • 31st December: New Years Eve celebrations. Parties and fireworks throughout the island plus in Palma ‘l’Estandard’, to honour the Christian conquest of Palma in 1229.

Also see: Mallorca fiestas, part of the vibrant culture of the island