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Civis Pollentinus Sum

These days, Alcúdia is celebrating the Festes de Sant Jaume, as are Santanyí, Binissalem, Calvià, Manacor, Algaïda and Muro. It’s a shame really that we can’t be everywhere at the same time. Alcúdia, for instance, has this year given its fiesta a Roman theme: Civis Pollentinus Sum (I am a citizen of Pollentia). Today, Saturday, activities start at 10h00 under the heading of Ludus Pollentinus (Playing in Pollentia) and will finish at 23h30 with a Festa Capitolina in honour of the deities Jupiter, Zeus and Minerva. Fittingly, a dozen Alcúdia restaurants will today offer samples of Cuina Romana (Roman cuisine). Sounds quite intriguing. Maybe I’ll go there.

Santanyí was around even before the Roman times with pre-talayotic settlements nearby but, no related theme for this year’s Sant Jaume celebrations was chosen. Instead, tonight at 19h00, a Trobada de Gegants will commence, a meeting of the giant puppets of a number of Mallorcan pueblos. Binissalem will hold an all-day Torneig de Petanca today, whilst Calvià already held a night of Pirates Pirats, last night, together with a Gran Batalla Pirada. Manacor will hold a Fira Nocturna Artística i Artesanal, starting tonight at 21h30. Algaïda will welcome Els Cossiers (dancers) tomorrow, July 24th, at 19h30. Muro will hold a celebration on Monday of Corregudes del Cós de Sant Jaume, a series of fun races including some equestrian ones.

There are Festes de Sant Jaume also in Portocolom and Sa Pobla but, I have to confess that I could not find any detailed information for you. The saint’s day of Sant Jaume will be on Monday, July 25th, just in case you wondered.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Alcúdia, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 6th, 2009. The time was 17:47:43.

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