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Preparing the festivities of Sant Antoni in the Balearic IslandsPreparing-the-festivities-of-Sant-Antoni-in-the-Balearic-Islands
In the Balearic Islands, the year starts full of festivities and traditional celebrations, some of which are considered the best holiday events of the whole year. This is the case of Sant Antoni Abad in Majorca, a big festivity that every 17th of January fills the streets of the villages on the island of joy and celebration, especially those in the North.
The “Fiestas of Sant Antoni” in Sa Pobla is the most known and popular, that includes a large firework display with the traditional correfoc and dimonis (parades with big heads and people dressed as devils, with drums and torches, walking through the main streets of the town), their bonfires and outdoor dinners with neighbours. This scene is repeated (but not as crowded) in the towns of Muro -very close to our hotel, -, Pollença, Alaro, Manacor and Capdepera, the municipality which Cala Ratjada belongs to, where the hotel is located.
In Ibiza, on the 17th of January is celebrated one of the great festivities of this famous tourist destination of Sant Antoni de Portmany, where the tradition of blessing pets and animals is very popular as, San Antonio Abad is the patron saint of the municipality as well as the protector of animals.
Minorca celebrates two major milestones this day. Besides Sant Antoni, the 17th of January is the Day of Minorca (Diada del Poble de Menorca), a date that commemorates the arrival to Ciutadella of King Alfonso III in 1287, with the procession of Els Tres Tocs, that goes through the old town of the city until the Square of Ses Palmeres.
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