Festivals and folk in October, November and December in Majorca.
FIRA D’ALCÚDIA AND FESTA DES BUTIFARRÓ
On the first weekend in October, Alcúdia holds its Fira: the agricultural, art and craft, and trade fair of the town and the surrounding area. On the Saturday of the fair, the “Estol del Rei En Jaume” takes to the streets; this is a group of carnival figures representing characters from Majorcan history and tradition. In the evening there is a concert. In Sant Joan the fiesta of the Butifarró (a type of sausage) is held on the same day.
20/ REVETLLA DE LES VERGES (THE VIRGINS)
The feast day of Santa Úrsula and the 11.000 virgins. In every town and village in Majorca, maidens are serenaded. It is customary to offer the singers buñuelos (the local variety of profiteroles) and muscatel wine.
THIRD THURSDAY / DIJOS BO
On the third Thursday of November, after the fiesta of Santa María la Mayor, Inca holds Dijous Bo, one of the biggest fairs in Majorca, with large numbers of people taking part: there are literary and livestock competitions, musical recitals and sporting events. It is said that on this day Inca is the capital of Majorca.
FIRST SUNDAY / FIRA DE SA PERDIU IN MONTUÏRI
The fair is very complete and there are always large numbers of visitors: there are products from Montuïri on show, and all types of livestock, as well as the traditional competition of hunting of partridge with decoys.
26/ SANT ESTEVE
In Catalonia and Majorca, Boxing Day, the second day of Christmas, St Stephen’s (Sant Esteve) day is celebrated. St. Esteve was the first Christian martyr. It is the custom to have lunch with family or friends and to dawdle around the table eating turrón.
31/ FESTA DE L’ESTENDARD
Palma commemorates the entry of King Jaume I’s troops into the city in 1229. The Mayor and the councillors set the Royal Standard up in Plaza Cort and a Mass is held. Cavallets and cossiers go in procession with the authorities to the Cathedral.