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The Panets Of Sant Nicolau

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Sant Nicolau de Tolentí is the patron saint of Ca’s Concos d’es Cavaller (September 10th).

The saint is venerated by the people of Ca’s Concos as a very useful saint, helpful I should say. Last Sunday every visitor of the Segona Fira de Sant Nicolau de Tolentí was given a small bag with three blessed Panets de Sant Nicolau de Tolentí. I was told that these small and very hard bread biscuits would protect my health, would keep my house safe from fire and would shelter me from lightnings. I was told to eat one panet, to deposit one in my car, and to keep one in my house. Oral tradition offers evidence of some miraculous fire extinction in and around Ca’s Concos in the years of yore under the guidance of this patron saint.

Apparently, these panets have been made in Mallorca since the 13th century, in Ca’s Concos and elsewhere. In Ca’s Concos, records are kept stating that these panets have been made there since at least 1731. That’s a pretty long time for a very pleasant tradition. Sadly, one cannot get the biscuits at any other time of the year. If you need a charm protecting you from fire, you’ll have to come to Ca’s Concos next year in September.

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The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 13th, 2009. The time was 15:06:55.

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