4 Festivals Not to Miss in Majorca If you're planning your Majorca family holidays, be sure to have a look at the festival calendar before you book. There are a number of fun and fabulous Majorcan festivals happening all year round. Here are four of the best festivals that are well worth a look while you're on holiday in Majorca. Festa de Sant Sebastia Celebrated on January 20th, this festival is held to celebrate Saint Sebastian who was proclaimed a patron saint in the early 1500s. As the story goes, the ending of a violent plague came about when a bone from the arm of this saint was transported from Rhodes onto the island. On the eve of the festival, you will find concerts in squares across the island, with a wonderfully eclectic mix of musical styles for you to enjoy. The kids will be entranced by the processions of dancers, known as cavellats, who are mounted on wooden horses. A fun festival for all involved, this is definitely one to see whilst on your Majorca family holidays. Sa Rua The chances are, when told that this year's Majorca family holidays were going to coincide with Pancake Day, your children were not overly impressed. But fortunately, the Sa Rua carnival, held on the final day before Lent starts, should dispel any misgivings they might have had. One of the most spectacular festivals held in Majorca, this carnival includes enormous bonfires, fancy dress, and processions of decorated floats. This is a real treat for all the family, allowing you to see the island's inhabitants at their most festive. Festa de Nostra Sanyora de la Victoria One of the more entertaining festivals you'll see on Majorca family holidays, the Festa de Nostra Sanyora de la Victoria, is held on the second Sunday of May. Held annually to mark the invasion of a band of Turkish pirates, this is a celebration of an occasion when all the townsfolk, including the local women, rallied together in a battle to defeat the invaders. The real attraction of this festival is the mock battles staged between the 'heroes' and the 'pirates.' Festival of Chinese Lanterns This festival may not be the most reminiscent of life in Majorca. Family holidays are however unlikely to be forgotten once a child has taken part in this procession. The festival of the Chinese Lanterns is held on August 24th, and sees the youngest members of the towns parading through the streets. They will sing old Mallorcan songs and carry Chinese lanterns made out of watermelons. Tourists may not know the words to the songs, but they are welcome to join the procession and carry a lantern. There are numerous festivals held in Majorca throughout the year, so the chances are that whatever time of year you book your Majorca family holidays, you will be able to witness the celebrations first hand. Majorcan festivals have a great deal of spirit and tenacity to them, and you cannot fail to be impressed by the stunning costumes, props and parades that are put together for each occasion. Davide Smith is the Destination Expert for Bargain Holidays Online, a unique holiday website which specialises in cheap, last-minute deals for Majorca family holidays as well as giving you access to over 20 million other bargain holiday deals. Book your bargain holidays with BargainHolidaysOnline.com today and save.
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