Let's talk now about festivals, something students really enjoy while in Palma de Mallorca. The origin of the majority of festivals in the Balearics – a separate concept to fairs and markets - is rooted in the religious homage paid to both male and female saints, reflecting the importance of Christianity – and its associated traditions - to the Islands. The two most significant dates in the Christian calendar, Christmas and Easter underpin key events in the Balearics.
In Palma, there is an impressive number of festivals, some of a general nature which are celebrated across the city and others which are more localised and held in specific neighbourhoods. Starting with those which have been celebrated since ancient times, there is the «Festival of the Standard»; the «Sunday of the Angel»; the «Eve of San Juan»; the «Blessing of San Antonio Abad»; the festival of Saint Sebastian who is the patron saint of Palma – and of course the Carnival processions in early February of which there are two versions – one held for children dressed up in a myriad of disguises, and one for adults who follow suit. Also worth mentioning are the pilgrimage of Sant Bernat; the festival of Majorca’s only saint – Santa Catalina Tomás (known familiarly as the Beata); and the festival of the Virgen de la Salud (the Virgin of Health), amongst others.
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