Right now the centre island pueblo of Petra is in the midst of celebrating the village patron saint, Santa Praxedis. The saint’s day will be tomorrow (July 21st), but festivities of this type are never a one day affair in Mallorca. Last Saturday already saw the Festa de sa Clovella, where an historic robbery event is reenacted, involving a fierce battle between the village youths and the contents of 150 sacks full of almond husks being thrown at each other. Apparently, the Carrer de l’Hospital was rapidly covered in a layer of almond shells 20 cm thick.
Today, there will be dimonis and xeremiers at 10h00 and again at 20h30, as well as a Misa Solemne in the Església Parroquial de Sant Pere, at 21h00. Tomorrow there will be more dimonis, more xeremiers, some Ball de Bot, another church service (at 11h30), a wine tasting in honour of the saint (Petra is home of Bodegues Miquel Oliver), and a Gran Traca Finale at 24h00, culminating in a splendid fireworks display, or so one is lead to expect.
I have to admit that I missed the Clovella event last Saturday. My photo was instead taken the morning after the day before if you see what I mean, and is but a poor representation of the battle of the almonds.
Just for the record, a similar battle is apparently enacted in Ciutadella (on the neighbouring island of Menorca) at the end of the Festa de Sant Joan. For some strange reason the projectiles used there are not bits of almond shells, but whole avellanas (hazlenuts) with their husks still on. To my knowledge hazlenuts do not even grow in Menorca. We will have to leave it to the Menorca Photo Blog people to provide us with an explanation, if there is such a blog.
The photo was taken in Petra, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 19th, 2009. The time was 13:35:12.