The tradition of the Mallorcan giants started in Sóller during the 17th century when handmade gegants were first paraded there during the Corpus Cristi festivities. A short while later, during the 18th century, Palma, the island capital acquired their first own two giants. Nowadays, most Mallorcan pueblos are proud of their own pair of giants, such as Alaró, Alcúdia, Calvià, Campos, Felanitx, Inca, Llucmajor, Manacor, Muro, Pollença, Porreres, Sa Pobla, Santa Eugènia, Santa Maria del Camí, Santanyi, Son Rapinya and Son Sardina.
A resplendent meeting of 48 Mallorcan giants assembled in Palma at the occasion of the Diada de Mallorca, some ten days ago. I have uploaded a video of the joyous occasion, courtesy of Mallorcaquality.com.
The next chance of seeing the dancing giants will be at the III Trobada de Gegants d’Alcúdia. The giants’ reunion will be held next Saturday, September 26th.
The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 13th, 2008. The time was 10:35:46.