Moros i Cristians

Moros i Cristians big fiesta

The battle of the Moors and Christians takes place every year in Pollensa on the 2nd of August, the day of Pollensa´s patron saint, la Mare de Deu del Angels, Our Lady of Angels.  It is the re-enactment of the great battle between the Christians and their Moorish captors which took place in 1550 when the Saracen Pirates anchored off the beach of Cala San Vicente and raided the town. Traditions says that a young  Pollencin called Joan Mas sighted the Moors in the bay and alerted the townsfolk in time for them to grab a scythe or stick and ward off the invasion.

In the weeks leading up to the big day, the streets of Pollensa are bedecked in white streamers and the bars slowly barricade themselves for the impending fight. Traditional, cultural and sporting events fill the plazas and gardens of the town, Mallorcan dancing, art and sculpture exhibitions, classical concerts and activities for children, like foam parties and teen pop stars, theatre, dance, music and religious processions set the fiesta calendar.

Worth watching  in the main square in Pollensa on Tuesday 29th July at 21:30h is the exhibition of traditional Mallorcan dancing,  dance students  clad in peasant costumes dance the “Ball de Pagès” to live music , joined by locals.

There are live concerts in the main square every night leading up to the 2nd with our local star Jaume Mas singing at 22:30h on the 30th July.

On the day of the battle the town is awoken by the local band at 5 am, followed by the Port of Pollensa at the far more civilized 8am. At 11h the Ball de Cossiers is an eerie and slightly peculiar traditional masked dance which begins in the church and ends in the main church in Pollensa. Drums and trumpets start the party and at 7 pm the battle begins!

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