Another week, another festivity. This is why we love Majorca! Winter in Majorca isn’t meant for staying home during cold winter nights and not daring to take on the chilly temperatures. Especially now Easter is so close by, with hints of it breaking through the cracks, desperate to get through to make us all feel sunny and content once more. You can now see spring in the almond trees that have started blooming, the lighter evenings and the rising number of runners along the promenade. True, it’s not exactly beach weather yet and if you do decide to take a romantic stroll on the beach or take advantage of the weekend to spend a family picnic by the seafront, then make sure you wrap up warm. One thing you can do though, something that spaniards are all too familiar with, is fiesta!
And what a better festivity than that of Carnival? Carnival is a Western Christian festivity to celebrate the upcoming religious season of Lent. We’re sure you’ve heard of the Carnival of Brazil? It’s supposed to be the craziest, wildest, most fun and most spectacular celebration of Carnival in the world… However we, at Gran Isla Hotels and all of Majorca in fact, think we can be pretty strong contenders. Especially, over the past few years as Spain is one of the closest countries to celebrate this festivity as, despite christianity being the main religion in the UK, we don’t celebrate Carnival. (Except Carnival in Notting Hill during the summer however it has no relation to this festivity before Lent). Not to worry though because it’s a great excuse to go on a springtime holiday to Majorca and join in the celebrations!
The best thing about this festivity is that it’s primarily for kids. Whereas there are many festivals celebrated in Majorca like St. Antoni where some activities like the Correfocs (see our Gran Isla Hotels St. Antoni blog post) can be quite dangerous, Carnival promises a danger-free celebration as it is split up into two main festivities: Sa Rueta, the children’s event and Sa Rua, the adult’s parade.
The former takes place in Palma on Sunday morning from 10:30-3:30 following the road from Plaça del Mercat to Avenida d’Antoni Maura and complies of a programme boasting a number of activities oriented around the little ones, it truly is the best celebration of the year for kids. Especially so because they spend all week in school making their outfits to win prizes on the day of the festival. And who doesn’t like prizes? The best and most unique outfit wins and, with most of the island joining in, there’s lots of family-fun competition.
Sa Rua, is the adult’s version, none the more extravagant but maybe just with a touch of spice. Again, it consists of a parade (leading from Passeig de Mallorca and Avenida Jaime III onto the Passeig del Born and Avenida d’Antoni Maura) where adults show off their favourite outfits accompanied by live music, food & drink stalls and street parties.
All in all, however, it’s not about the competition and the prizes, but about residents coming together as a community, meeting up with old friends and distant relatives and having an unforgettable time together!
So, take some time and think carefully about what you want to dress up as. In the past, Majorca has seen all kinds of wacky, weird and all together spectacular outfits from: sewing pin & needles, octopi and Mr. Potato heads to lego parts, gnomes and the Flintstone family… Feel free to come up with the funniest and most unusual outfit ever, for you won’t be alone in that respect.
If, for some unlucky reason you’re unable to attend these exciting festivities this year, don’t think: ‘oh well there’s always next year’, at Pirates Village Hotel you can have as much fun but with even better weather and activities this summer. With daily poolside pirate shows, adventures and numerous occasions to dress up and try your hand at performing in front of other guests, you won’t be as disappointed to have missed Carnival this year! See you in Summer 2017!