By Anna Ellis •
Published: 20 Dec 2022 • 16:24
oin Palma in celebrations on the day King James I reconquered Mallorca from the Arabs. Image: Palma City Council
This festival dates back to the 13th century and begins at 10:00.AM on December 31. It commemorates the arrival of King Jaume I in Palma, the end of Muslim rule and the reconquest of Mallorca.
This traditional event begins with a ceremony to place the Royal Standard of the Conquest of Mallorca and the Cimera in the Plaza de Cort, followed by a mass in the cathedral. At midday, the poem “La Colcada” is read in Plaza Cort.
The New Year’s Eve Fiesta, The Festa de L’Estendard, is considered one of the oldest festivals in Europe, as it has been celebrated since the 13th century, although it is true that it has undergone some changes over the years. On the eve of this day, a large floral offering is made in front of the statue of King Jaume I in the Plaza Espana.
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Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.
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