Curiosities, traditions and legends of Mallorca

Battle between Moors and Christians in Soller

This traditional battle is held every year on the Feast of the country with the intent to commemorate the battle fought and won by the villagers against the Turks and the Algerians on May 11, 1561. The battle was led by a legendary figure of the time, such a captain Angelats bringing victory for the peasants who defended their territory from invaders, nearly 2,000 between Turkish and Algerian pirates. This festival fun and active, it is celebrated the third week of May, and the time is the most awaited of year, both for "Sollerics" or people in Soller, as for many others, Moroccans and foreigners who are participating in the feast for fun and be involved in both sides of the historic battle that is repeated on the main square with hundreds of people dressed as at the time. The history tells that the Moors had planned an ambush, as it divides into groups so that you can go around the country and its inhabitants by surprise, but the farmers knew of imminent arrival of these, then you are organized as an army, which has disrupted the Moors. The balance of the victims by a goddess of which has been the best strategy employed: 200 Moors died and only half a dozen christians.

Ensaimada, typical Mallorcan pastry

The Ensaimada is the product more typical that identifies Mallorca. This is a tasty pastries, sweet or salty and natural craft that can be prepared either alone or with a filling of pumpkin, cream, creme brulee. You can also use the chocolate, but this last is not part of the traditional recipe. Made with a special flour, eggs, water, yeast, sugar and butter mixed as long as to create a uniform paste which is then allowed to stand for several hours. This is a confectionery product, which is eaten for breakfast as a single Ensaimada empty and cake for dessert, where their size is much greater than to be divided between the diners.Tourists find the Ensaimada in the traditional "Forns" traditional ovens. There are different sizes depending on the number of guests, normally the more small and about 4 people.

Dimonis and Correfocs dances of Mallorca

Consists of a dance very colorful and boisterous in which people disguise themselves by assuming the forms of a beast or dimonis Correfocs leaping and dancing in the streets accompanied by music, fireworks, bonfires and much noise.
Many festivals of island are animated by "dimonis" and the dance is often done in honor of San Antonio with the presence of the devil, the eternal struggle of good against evil.
Is very common in these feasts convene different people who represent many and varied demons that are participating in costume at various performances in which there are the bagpipes, traditional songs, fire, glosses, rhymes or said of poetic composition and a lot of wine. In principle, these effusions had a religious sense, but at the same time also celebrated the solstice of winter, growth sun that gives his life for the agricultural land propiziati the bonfires of San Antonio. This dance is part of the popular culture of the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Valencia and the Roussillon french (south of France) and is documented until the twelfth century and had its beginning as "cercavilas", groups of people dressed as that coming out to the streets to celebrate.

Pollenca Feast in Mallorca

The feast of the Mother de Deu dels Angels, patroness of Pollenca is commemorated on August 2 of each year. Together with the religious holiday commemorating the victory of christians against the Ottoman pirate Dragut, that the night between May 30 and 31 of the 1550 attack with his men the village.
The feast begins at five in the morning when the band plays the Alborada. The celebration continues with a Mass in honor of Mother de Deu dels Angels, toward the hours 11.00 followed by dancing Cossiers, which are group dances popular. In the afternoon, are imitated the highlights of the battle and the action begins on the Place de Almoina with the meeting between Joan Mas, the leader of the christians and Dragut chapter of the Ottomans. Then, to 19.00 , after the famous cry of Mas Joan, who implores the blessing of the Virgin Mother of God, takes meeting between Moors and Christians and the battle begins. The battle develops in different points of the town and then focus on the church of Sant Jordi (battle that represents the liberation of women, men and children that the Moors had imprisoned and brought to a conclusion on the current football field where the final battle takes place. After the victory, the leader of the christians Joan goes to parish with what remains of the Christians, to thank the Virgin singing a Te Deum.  

Wines produced in Mallorca

Anyone who orders the wine in any restaurant on island of Mallorca, with every likelihood originates from Binissalem. The most well-known wine of the region is known with the name of Bodega. Among the various local grapes stands out the Robe Negro that represents about 50% of the red grapes grown, the other are the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Callet, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Syrah and Merlot. In the variety of white wines are the Moll (also known as Prensal Blanc) that represents about 70% of white grape varieties grown, then we find the Macabeo, Parellada, the Chardonnay and the Moscatel.

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