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Palma Celebrates Sant Sebastià

Just when you thought enough is enough with festes and joyous celebrations, here in Mallorca, Palma wants to have the final word. It’s time for Sant Sebastià.

Saint Sebastian was a Christian saint and martyr, who is said to have been killed during the Roman emperor’s persecution of the Christians. The saint is usually depicted in art and literature tied to a post and shot with arrows. And he also happens to be the patron saint of Mallorca’s capital city, Palma. Say no more: another festa.

The proper festive day is January 20th, when all of Palma will be shut down, but the festive celebrations have been going on since last Saturday already and will continue until next Sunday (January 24th). A lavishly prepared brochure has been published by the mandarins in Palma de Mallorca and is available now for download from the Ajuntament de Palma website.

Today, guided visits to the cuevas below the Castell de Bellver were planned and programmed, but, alas, it was not meant to be. Apparently, there are some safety worries relating to some cracks found in the entrance area indicating some kind of subsidence. We better be careful.

The photo was taken from the Internet. My thanks go to and the photographer, B. Ramon.

Moltes gràcies.

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January 2010


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