Party with the Festa de San Sebastian in Palma de Majorca

If you are heading to Majorca in January, be sure to join in the fun at the Festa de San Sebastian, or the Saint Sebastian Festival, which is a major event on the island. This traditional festival is celebrated throughout the city of Palma de Majorca. It is a fantastic cultural attraction for visitors, and a highly meaningful event for the island’s residents who look forward to it with great anticipation the entire winter!

Platja de Palma

Palma de Majorca beach

Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Palma de Majorca, is revered by the local population,which explains why his day is celebrated with such enthusiasm. This annual festival is one of the biggest parties of the year and will be marked with live music and raucous dancing in all of the major plazas of the city, including: the Placa Major, the Placa d’Espanya and the Placa del Rei Joan Carles I. And, no doubt, the celebrations will continue through all of the streets and into the bars as well!

Palma de Mallorca cathedral

Palma de Mallorca cathedral

Ceremonies and Firework Shows

The 2013 festivities will begin on January 16th, and will be marked with barbeques, bonfires and a procession of dancing devil puppets winding their way through the city’s streets. For many people, these dancing devils are the most memorable part of the San Sebastian festival as they often tower several feet above the crowds, and some have even been known to chase unwitting revellers!

Partying in Palma

Partying in Palma

The main squares of the city will each feature their own style of music, with jazz, flamenco, traditional tunes and more to choose from. Be sure to try some of the savoury ‘botifarrons’ which are roasted sausages sold in the street markets.

January 20th, the day when St. Sebastian was officially made a saint, is commemorated with a mass held in the Cathedral; and a musical and artistic award ceremony at the Teatre Principal. The evening is capped off with a stunning fireworks display, a perfect end to a great week of music, food, dancing and celebrating in Majorca.


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