As tradition demands, a representation of the bed where the remains of the Virgin Mary lie is profusely decorated in the Churches, and on the following day they take her out in procession
Popular festivities in Majorca are a manifestation of the deep-rooted love of the most regional of traditions and proof that the people of Majorca live hand-in-hand with progress and current fashions, without diminishing their roots. If only one festival were to be highlighted from amongst the busy calendar of popular summer festivities, that event could be the August Mother of God Festivities (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) on 15th August.
This is only one of the four festivities dedicated to the Mother of God. During the August festivities the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary is commemorated. As tradition demands, a representation of the bed where the remains of the Virgin Mary lie is profusely decorated in the Churches, and on the following day they take her out in procession.
The celebrations take place in a multitude of places: Campos (including the celebration of the ‘Panxa Roja’ (Red Belly), Esporles (neighbourhood of Sa Vilanova), Portocolom, s’Illot (where the patron saint festivities also take place, lasting a whole week), Puigpunyent, Can Picafort (with the traditional releasing of the ducks), Cala d’Or, Caimari, Sencelles or Biniarix.
Note: the dates of the activities may vary considerably depending on the location.
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Category: Balearic Islands festivals