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The Festes de Sant Agustí

Every year, the Festes de Sant Agustí begin with an early start. The verbenas concert the night before the festes finished in the early hours of this morning, barely two hours before it was time to resurrect the gall (cockerel). For years the cockerel was a live animal until the bird was replaced by a plastic replica. Only last year, the symbolic emblem of the Coso de Felanitx was represented yet again by a live cockerel, now safely protected in a wooden cage, and again so this morning.

Festivities will be going on all day today. After the resurrecció (see photo above), the cock was taken up to the church of Sant Miquel where the Coso was greeted by the parish vicar. Then it was time for breakfast and pepitos de lomo. Later today, a Pregó will be held at the Plaça s’Araval, whilst a mass will be celebrated at the Convent de Sant Agustí at 11h00, to be followed by a performance of the Cavallets de Felanitx. In the afternoon, children’s activities will be offered but not the traditional bullfight. Instead, Circ Bover will perform a Sine Terra show, to be followed by castellers (human towers). At 21h30, a Correfoc will be run from Plaça Santa Margalida to Plaça Pax. The last verbena of this year’s festes will start at 22h30 with a free concert given by the ubiquitous Horris Kamoi et al.

The video clip (below) was taken in 2006, showing the resurrecció of the gall in its plastic incarnation.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 28th, 2010. The time was 07:27:55. The video was borrowed from the Internet courtesy of YouTube. Thanks are due to FORUMDEFELANITX.

Moltes gràcies.

2 replies »

  1. What would be the reason they wave with Catalan flags embellished with a separatistic star? Don’t they like the Mallorcan flag?

    • Hi John, the answer could be a long and winding one. In a nutshell, some Mallorcan youths are quite independent minded. Perhaps some other time, more.

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