Delighted residents of Inca, following the blessing two years ago.

19-01-2014

The day of Sant Antoni is more subdued than Sant Antoni Eve, but there are still some demons around and even the odd fire-run. But the day is most noted for the blessings of animals - Sant Antoni is the patron of the protection of animals - and these occur all over the island. Some of these blessings are grander events than others, with floats and other attractions, but they are greatly anticipated by pet owners, farmers and others.

In Pollensa (and Puerto Pollensa), there are the pine climbs of Sant Antoni that are unique to the town at Sant Antoni. The tradition has been copied elsewhere, but it originated in Pollensa town, where there will be crowds packing into the Plaça Vella (old square) to see who can be the first to climb the soaped-up time and bag the trophy of the cock in a bag at the top of the pine. (The cock, by the way, now goes on to live a long life on a local finca, which might not have been the case in the past.)

Here is a listing of blessings, parades and other events across the island tomorrow (Sunday):

Sant Antoni (animal blessings/parades except where other events are also being staged)
Alaro. 4pm: Plaça Vila.
Alcudia. 4.30pm: Sant Jaume Church.
Algaida (Pina). 4pm.
Andratx. 11.30am.
Arenal. 11.30am.
Arta. 11am.
Cala d'Or. 12.30pm.
Calonge. 11am.
Campos. 3.30pm.
Capdepera. 3pm.

Consell. 12 midday: Blessings. Plaça Major. 5.30pm: Hot chocolate. Plaça Major. 7pm: Correfoc fire-run. Dimonis de s'Eixam and Batukada S'Eixam. Plaça Major.

Deya. 4.30pm. In front of the town hall.
Esporles. 12 midday.
Estellencs. 12.30pm.
Felanitx (Es Carritxo). 3.30pm.

Inca. 10.30am: Blessings. Gran Via. Pipers, dance of demons and release of doves. Plaça Llibertat.

Lloret de Vistalegre. 4.30pm.
Llucmajor. 10am. From Passeig Jaume III.

Manacor. 11am: Blessings, with parade from Avda. Baix des Cós. 4pm: Demons at the Hippodrome followed by the last tour of the streets. 8pm: Final dance of the demons. Plaça Sa Bassa. 8.30pm: Mass. Mare de Déu dels Dolors Church.

Mancor de la Vall. 4.30pm.

Muro. 10am: Firing of rockets and procession by the pipers and giants of Muro. 12 midday: Mass plus songs from the Muro Miquel Tortell Choir. 2.30pm: Bell ringing. 3.30pm: Blessings with the banner and image of Sant Antoni.

Palma. Gathering of animals for blessing by the Cathedral at 10am. Cavalcade with the Palma Band of Music from the Cathedral at 10.30am. The blessings start at 11.30am at Sant Antoniet.

Pollensa. 10am: Blessings and parade. 11.30am: Departure from Plaça Almoina to get the pine from Ternelles. 12.30pm: Lunch at Ternelles. 2pm: Departure of the pine. 7pm: Raising of the pine. Plaça Vella.

Porreres. 3.30pm. Plaça Vila.
Porto Cristo. 4pm. Plaça Ses Comes.

Puerto Pollensa. 9am: Departure of the bus from behind the church to Formentor to get the pine. 11.30am: Blessings and parade. 12 midday: Arrival of the pine and then parade. 1.30pm: Raising of the pine. Plaça Miquel Capllonch (church square).

Sa Pobla. 10am: Procession with the pipers Germans Aloy. 11am: Solemn mass plus offering of farm produce and dance with Marjal en Festa. 12.30pm: Dance of the caparrot big heads and young caparrots. Plaça Major. 3.30pm: Blessing of the animals in the church square with the pipers Germans Aloy and Xerebiols and the giants Antoni and Margalida. 4pm: Parade of floats, accompanied by the band of cornets of the Sant Antoni brotherhood and the demons of the Obreria de Sant Antoni. 5pm: Folk dance. Plaça Major.

S'Alqueria Blanca. 10.30am.

Sant Llorenç. 3.30pm: Blessings. 6pm: Children's ball de bot folk dance. Plaça Església. 7.30pm: Barbecue, demons' dance and folk dance. Plaça Església.

Santa Maria del Cami. 4.30pm.
Santanyi. 3.30pm.
Selva. 12 midday (Sant Llorenç Church).

Sineu. 4.30pm: Blessings. 7.30pm: Mass, followed by the lighting of the bonfire and correfoc fire-run by the small demons of Sa Cova des Fassar.

Soller. 3pm.
Son Servera. 4pm.
Vilafranca. 4.30pm.

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