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Sa Quica

For the last 25 years, Sa Quica, also known as La Kika, has been an indispensable mascot of the Cosso in Felanitx during the celebrations of the Festes de Sant Agustí. Again so this year, when, earlier this morning, all of Felanitx was woken by a big bang, announcing the charge of the Cossos in search of Sa Quica, the cockerel. Once retrieved from the Font (fountain) in front of the parish church, the cock was triumphantly paraded through the streets of the Pueblo until the youngsters halted for a break in Plaça d’Espanya where breakfast was taken including an alcoholic beverage or two. In previous years, Sa Quica has been a live cockerel (photo below) but, this year it was back to a stuffed animal, for whatever reason.

Celebrations will continue all day today as will the drinking, the charging and the merriment. Normally, the day would end with El Cosso and the cock ending up at the Macarena (bull ring) but, this is no longer an option whilst the bull ring is in its state of disrepair. Instead, the Ajuntament puts on a silly show or other, this year it being the Piratas. At night, a church service will be held in honour of the town’s patron saint, the Cossiers will show their little danses, a Correfoc will celebrate the fire gods and the demons, and another, final, Verbena concert will be staged, this time including Horris Kamoi.

The Osborne bull in Algaïda also celebrated the Quica, or so I think (see photo below). I’m not quite sure as to what Sa Quica says NO to. Is it a reference to the bullfight which isn’t happening anyway? Perhaps you can explain.

The photos (top and centre) were taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The dates: August 28th, 2011 and August 28th, 2010. The time was 08:06:16 and 12:06:47, respectively. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of mallorcadiario.com.

Muchas gracias.

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