Fiesta

Sant Sebastià – Patron Saint of Palma


Just when you think its´s all over, ( Christmas, The Three Kings and Sant Antoni ) Palma gets into party mode to celebrate its patron saint , Sant Sebastià. Why not come and visit ?

The week long fiesta culminates on the 19th January, the eve of the saints day on 20th January. 

The city of Palma is buzzing. Party-goers young and old, friends and family are out and about having a great evening.

On the eve of Sant Sebastià a huge fire-breathing dragon “Drac de na Coca” appears with a parade of drummers (Batucadas) on the Plaça Cort. Together they form a procession to the Plaça Major where the Drac de na Coca lights the fire which signals the start of the celebrations.

Drac de na Coca Palma - Sant Sebastià

You will see giant figures (Gegants) and huge heads (Capgrossos) parading to the sound of the Xeremiers ( similar to bagpipers )through the streets of Palma with drummers and dancers. 

Gigantes Palma

There is music in all the plazas across the city, Plaça Cort, Plaça Reina. Plaça Olivar, Plaça Espanya each hosting different bands from swing to pop, jazz to classical as well as DJ s spinning their sounds. Choose your music and your plaça and join the party. 

Sant Sebastia Concerts Palma

Families, friends and visitors head out to mix and mingle on the fiesta of Sant Sebastià armed with their evening picnics of drinks and butifarra (sausages) to cook on the communal barbecues you’ll find lining the streets.

BBQ at Fiesta de Saint Sebastian Palma

And then of course there is the Correfoc where the locals dress up as demons and devils and run amongst the crowd setting off fireworks and pyrotechnics. The Correfocs are especially impressive in the Old Town where narrow streets cause unusual echoes.

Correfoc at Fiesta de Saint Sebastian Palma

Sant Sebastià is revered in Palma as the saint who save the city from the plague. When a bone from his arm came to Palma in1524, it was thought to have brought an end to the plague that had engulfed the city. 

Correfoc at Fiesta de Saint Sebastian Palma

The origin of the the fire-wielding demons and devils who run through the streets to ‘burn the city’, is thought to come from chasing the plague out of Palma. 

The night ends with a huge fireworks display outside the cathedral to mark the end of the celebrations. 

Fireworks over the cathedral fiesta de Saint Sebastian Palma

But for many locals and visitors alike, the night has just begun!

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