It’s the month for fire and devils!
Coming up this weekend we have the legendary St Antoni fiestas. Antoni Abad is the patron saint of animals, he was an Egyptian Christian monk who was visited by the Devil whilst living in the desert. To distract himself from temptation Antoni walked across the burning embers of a fire, which is how the connection between Fire and Devils was born.
His saint’s day is the 17th but the Mallorcans celebrate on the weekend closest to that date, so in 2023 it will be on 14th and 15th January, check your local council for details of what time and where the celebrations will be.
The tradition is to light a bonfire and dance around it, but by far the biggest part of the Saturday night party has to be the Dimonis (pictured above, photos by Oliver Neilson from Phoenix Media Mallorca). The Dimonis are local people dressed as devils and carrying flames and firecrackers who come to torment the crowd, you can choose to dance with them, but we recommend that if you do, don´t wear anything flammable! They are quite scary but don’t worry, they won’t actually hurt you.
In Andratx we will have the traditional torrades (public barbecues, pack what you want to cook on the fire, remember to bring tongs to flip your food over, and a corkscrew for your rough red wine, we take a basket which has mustard, ketchup, local sausages, crusty bread and precooked onions, some plastic cups, napkins, a bottle opener and a couple of bottles of wine to share around) and party in the square on Saturday night and then on Sunday morning we gather and take our animals to be blessed. We gather together and then parade through the town and past the priest who blesses all of the animals with holy water, everyone brings their dog but you will also see countless farm animals, herds of goats, horses, parrots, fish, so prepare to be charmed!
In Palma, the animal blessings take place at the cathedral from 10.00h while in other towns the blessings take place at different times of the day, therefore, it is worth checking with each individual municipality beforehand to ensure that all of your animals can receive their blessing.
If your New Year’s Resolution is to get into yoga then the Open Days at Sadhana Works in Palma will interest you. There are free classes which you can try out for different types of yoga, including Kundalini Yoga, Yoga for beginners and Yoga for kids.
You can book your spot on their website https://www.sadhana.works/event-details/open-days
There are free classes available on Friday and Saturday *13th and 14th January) and the studio is in in Carrer de Sant Feliu which is in the centre of Palma.
If on the other hand your NY Resolution is to get fit, then you might consider taking up Boxing or Kick Boxing with Ian Bonsall at Renegade Martial Arts. He is hosting a 12 week challenge with the end goal being to compete in a White Collar Boxing Match in aid of the Cancer Support Group on Mallorca. He is still looking for one more man and one more woman to get involved, you don’t need to be fit, and you definitely don’t need any boxing experience to join. You can find out more here https://www.renegademartialarts.net/
THERE IS ANOTHER HUGE FIESTA IN JANUARY: Saint Sebastian was proclaimed patron saint of Palma de Mallorca after he was given the credit for ending a plague in 1524 after a sacred relic (a bone from his arm) arrived from Rhodes. Festivals in Sebastian’s honour have been held since the 17th century.
Palma de Mallorca celebrates the San Sebastián festivities from January 14 to 28, 2023. The programme includes dozens of activities aimed at residents and visitors. There are concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, religious events, sports competitions and plenty of fireworks!
The most popular night has to be the “Verbena de San Sebastián”, which happens on Thursday January 19 with bonfires and musical performances in all the squares in the centre of Palma: this year they will be in the Plaça de la Reina, Plaça Olivar, Plaça Cort, Plaça Joan Carles I and Placa Major. Plaça de la Reina will be used instead of Plaça Espanya, where repaving work are due to be carried out.
Then on January 20, the day of San Sebastián, in the morning the “Solemn Mass of San Sebastián” is celebrated in the Cathedral. At noon the Cyclist Day (a takeover of the city’s streets) takes place and at night the delivery ceremony of the Ciutat de Palma Awards is held.
The “Correfoc” a parade of Dimonis (demons) in which hundreds of fireworks are used, wraps up the celebrations on the 28th January.
If you are looking for some entertainment then check out Molly’s Bar Son Caliu, Mark Ritchie with his Neil Diamond Show on Saturday 21st January 9.00pm till 10.30pm.
Saturday 14th January 2023 10.30am – 1 pm Dynamic Ceramics for the novice with promise!
This Arts Society hands-on event will run at the dedicated pottery studio at La Fiore, the glassworks on the Valldemossa road. They will introduce some traditional Mallorcan techniques and guide you through the making of your first pottery masterpiece. They fire the pieces and inform you when they are ready for collection from the pottery.
€30 for members €35 for non members includes clay and decorative paint, firing and refreshments. Please bring the correct money on the day.
There is ample free parking. The dress code is scruffy/super casual. Limited spaces so booking is essential!
Please email no later than Wednesday 11th January email@example.com Please head your email Pottery Party
Ctra. Valldemossa, Km. 11, 07190 S’Esgleieta, Illes Balears
Introduction to the art of Ikebana: Workshop and lunch Saturday 6th of May 2023
A morning of learning about the history, philosophy and art of Ikebana and creating your first Ikebana flower arrangement.
This will be followed by lunch inspired by Ikebana and flowers. All hosted at the newly launched stunning premises of the Windmill Costix. Taught by @in_bloom, catered by @oystercatchercatering who are both coming from the UK for the event.
Included in the price is a full morning of learning and creating your first Ikebana flower arrangement with Tara from @in-bloom and a 3 course lunch created for you by chef Jackson Campbell @oystercatchercatering. There will also be a free morning learning how to create a flower crown hosted in the village square of Costix Sunday 7th of May followed by a drink and aperitif at the windmill.
To book please send email firstname.lastname@example.org Price is €115.00 including lunch, the workshop, the blooms used, instruction sheets and diagrams, or €160.00 including the vase and kenzo, lunch, the workshop, the blooms used and instruction sheets and diagrams.