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31.10.2017From Samhain To Dark Night: Halloween
While there are examples of paganism that can be said to survive, albeit highly modified, in certain Majorcan traditions, an acknowledgement of Halloween isn't one of them.
29.10.2017The Evil Count Of Galatzó
The Galatzó finca in Calvia is sometimes referred to as one of the gateways to the Tramuntana mountains. It hides a legend that is engraved into folk tradition.
6.10.2017Ramon Gual, the hero of Valldemossa
The story is of a force of 36 men who faced 400 Turks, who had landed at the Cala d'en Claret in October 1552.
16.9.2017Snow in July: the Vermar tradition
The Vermar is one of Majorca's prestige fiesta and fair occasions. The actual wine fair can seem almost secondary to all that proceeds it: the battle and the competitions.
9.9.2017The Saintly Invention Of Santa Ponsa
Santa Ponsa has the appearance of saintliness, whereas in fact it owes absolutely nothing to any religious aspect.
3.9.2017The Fiesta Which Shouldn't Be
La Beata, Catalina Thomàs, had absolutely no link with Santa Margalida. The procession and the fiesta that now is really had little reason to take place in the town.
24.8.2017David, Goliath and the bigheads of Majorca
There had been caparrot bigheads in the nineteenth century, though the actual evidence isn't great. It is known, however, that dwarf-like characters formed part of the island's folk tale tradition, as did giants. They were mythical protectors of the villages.
12.8.2017Candida Of Llucmajor
Relics of Santa Candida were brought to Llucmajor three hundred years ago and she became the town's co-patron saint.
31.7.2017The Very Best Of The North Of Mallorca
The Sa Pobla Jazz and Pollensa Music Festivals with international artists and the Moors and Christians battle in Pollensa - they contribute to vibrant popular culture in the north of the island.
23.6.2017The Hairy Saint John Without Hair
In Felanitx, Pollensa and Sant Joan he is known as Sant Joan Pelós. In Sant Llorenç he is Sant Joan Pelut. The meaning is the same - Saint John the Hairy.
16.6.2017Demons and the soul of Majorca
The demon. "It is part of our intangible heritage. I don't think you have to say anything more. If you ignore or destroy this heritage, we destroy ourselves."
5.5.2017The bragging rights of May fairs
Sineu's fair, this coming Sunday, is considered to be the older of the two. The town can point to documentary evidence that 1318 was the year when it started.