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Mallorca’s Benevolent Giants

Today, July 25th, the Festes de Sant Jaume will be celebrated. Santanyí, amongst other pueblos, will be busy celebrating all day long. Celebrations in Santanyí are scheduled to go on even beyond today and will finish next Sunday, July 31st, when an excursion of carts, horses and tractors will make their way to s’Amarador.

Santanyí held a Trobada de Gegants last Saturday, a meeting of the giants, as part of the patron’s fiesta. Last Saturday, a total of 27 gegants (catalán for BFG) united, having come from places such as Sineu, Sa Pobla, Campos, Llucmajor, Pollença, Calvià, Palma and a few other pueblos. The gegants in the photo are a pair from Sa Pobla, going by the names of Antoni and Margalida. They are followed by a couple of giants from Sineu, known as Marc and Maria dels Àngels.

I was surprised to find that Felanitx, the neighbouring town, was not represented in this friendly congregation of benevolent giants. Do I detect a spot of antagonism here, between two otherwise friendly market towns in the South East of the island?

The photo was taken in Santanyí, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 23rd, 2011. The time was 20:07:59.

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