SOR FRANCINAINA CIRER-BLESSED HOLIDAY SOR FRANCINAINA -27th February-SENCELLES-MAJORCA

This year we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the beatification of Sor Francinaina Cirer also known as “aunt Xiroia” by the citizens of Sencelles, her birthplace.
Sencelles has organize several acts to commemorate this anniversary, but of course Mallorca Private Tour Guides recommends you to visit Sencelles next 27th february when the people dressed with the old”payes” garments made the floral wreath to Sor Francinaina Cirer, a colorful parade not to be missed….Mallorca in winter has zoo much to offer visitor.
Come to Mallorca and join Mallorca Private Tour Guides to discover Sencelles, its traditions and Sor Francinaina Cirer history , one of the most popular citizens of Sencelles….

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Sencelles, a town located in the center of the island Majorca, It´s the birthplace of the beatified sister, Francinaina Cirer (1st june 1781-27 february 1855)

She is wellknown in Sencelles (mallorca) as “Aunt Xiroia” the family nickname.

When she was 70 years old, togheter with 2 more nuns, she founded 1851, the comunity of the sisters of charity of San Vicente de Paul.

She was the only daughter of a farmers family and she got 3 more brothers.

She wanted to join an order of nuns, but her father would not let her, so she decided to serve God through her family and neighbours.

When she was 26 years old, and her mother and brothers died, she decide to stay with her father, taking care of him till he pass away.

She was beatified 1st octuber 1989 by pope John Paul II, because all…

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THE MAJORCAN SNOW-ALMOND BLOSSOM IN MAJORCA-AMAZING WINTER LANDSCAPES

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ALMOND BLOSSON-THE MAJORCAN SNOW

Mallorca, late winter, early spring, offers visitors an excellent weather.

Are rare occasions when it snows in Majorca, and it´s usually in the mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana. (declared world heritage by Unesco)

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But one of the most beautiful images offered in winter, is when almonds flowering, which is popularly known as Majorcan snow.

The island is covered with a white blanket, and it may seem it has snowed, but nothing is further from reality “is the Majorcan almond blossom”

The flowers are white to pale pink, and appearing before leaves in early spring.

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Almond trees are native from the Mediterranean.

Wild trees are usually bitter.

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Almonds can be processed into several products, in Majorca we elaborate products such as almond milk, almond liquor, an almond blossom perfume, by Christmas almond “turron” and a great sweet called Gató always served with delicious almond ice cream.

A trip to Randa can be one of the best options to enjoy this unforgettable panorama.

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There is a legend, which tells, almond trees where planted in Mallorca by a men for his lover who missed her snowy homeland.

Come to Mallorca and experience this- It´s almond blossom time

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Mallorca offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy this great winter landscapes, a great weather, a paradise to spend your vacations..a …the majorcan snow or almond blossom

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Come and enjoy with Mallorca private Tour guides our almond blossom tour and for sure you would be impressed by its great landscapes, amazing view points and the opportunity to take amazing pictures.

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AMAZING ILLUMINATION IN PALMA CATHEDRAL-THE EIGHT SHOW

Two times a year you can discover this amazing illumination show in Palma cathedral, the famous eight show, another must see in Palma

Do not miss it..come and discover with Mallorca Private Tour guides…This amazing eight phenomenon into Palma Cathedral, La Seo

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SANT ANTONI-SINT ANTHONY´S FESTIVITY IN MALLORCA-BENEIDES-ANIMALS BLESSINGS-17TH JANUARY

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SANT ANTONI-SINT ANTHONY FESTIVITY IN MALLORCA-BENEIDES-ANIMALS BLESSINGS-17TH JANUARY

Today 17th January is Sint ANTHONY´S day, Mallorca Private Tour Guides wants to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Antonios and Antonias.

St. Anthony´s festivity has a strong tradition in Mallorca where the famous Beneïdes are held, (animals blessings), people are taking  animals to be blessed.

Also in many parts of the island’s famous “foguerons” or bonfires are held and can not be missing of course “ Dimonis “or demons.

Sint Anthony  “Sant Antoni” is considered the most popular saint of the island and the island pattern.

Mallorca Private Tour Guides would like to inform you who was “SAN ANTONIO” Sint Anthony also known as SAN ANTONIO ABAD ( Sint Anthony abbot), the Hermit or the Great, here in Mallorca is also wellknown as the “ Sant Antoni des porquet” (Piglet) because he had a weakness for these animals, or “SANT ANTONI DES ASES”(donkeys).

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Sint Anthony was born 251 in Egypt.

When he was very young, at the age of 19, he sold all his properties to give the money to the poorest and  he went to the desert ,where he spent 40 days and was tempted several times by the devil, but St Anthony always resisted to the temptation, then he begins his life as a hermit, and lived alone. That is why he is considered the founder of the hermit movement (hermits).

He is considered the patron saint of animals who always looked after with care and dedication.

He died 356, at age 105 years.

His  mortal remains rest in France, in Vienne church.

“San ANTONIO” Sint Anthony is often represented as an old man, dressed in the Sint Anthony order habit and  with the TAU, a walking stick ending as T, like the Egyptian cross (as the Templars), the cross as a way of beating the devil and sometimes a bell, that bell in clear reference to Anthony’s friars who used the bell to beg.

Usually accompanied by a small pig (“porquet” or piglet), because  there is a lengend which tells a jevelin with her blind javelin piglets approached him ,Sint Anthony cured them and the javeline in gratitude to Sint Anthony was always with him.

In many places (also in Mallorca) it was the tradition to raise a pig for a year and then auction it Sint Anthony´s day. The pig  was wearing a small bell or jingle bell to identify him and he was fed in all the houses in which he went in. Because of this the popular mallorcan  saying  “és més rondaire que es porquet de Sant Antoni…”, o “ dóna més voltes que es porquet de Sant Antoni”,… (to describe a person which never stays quiet)

If anyone dared to mistreat the animal, lost all sex drive for life.

A curiosity regarding to the origin of this jingle bell or bell that pigs were carring Anthony’s Friars were raising pig herds, and in the Middle Ages was banned pigs grazing free in the streets, but the exception was made for the Anthony´s friars pigs, so to identify them, they wore a bell around the neck.

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Another Sint Anthony attribution was to give protection to those affected by the ‘foc de Sant Antoni’ (St Anthony´s fire), or ergotism, what we know nowadays with then name herpes zoster (shingles zoster),a poisoning caused by eating unpurified rye bread,which caused fever, spasms and gangrene in the skin and the extremities.

Anthonian friars to cure shingles zoster  (herpes zoster) called populary “Foc de Sant Antoni”(sint anthony´s fire) used the “SAIM” or lard, so their pig  herds could graze freely.

“San Antoniet” hospital in Palma,which was founded by St. Anthony´s friars because of the privileges granted to them by King James I during the island conquest, the church and its cloister is preserved nowadays, and it´s located in Calle Sant Miquel in Palma. In its exterior facade can be seen a Sant Antoni, with a piglet and a fire tongue .

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Sint Anthony´s day numerous celebrations are held in the island. in most of the majorcan cities and towns on the island, the famous Beneïdes (animal blessings) are performed, authentic parades where animals are blessed,

In Palma city one of popular is the one made in San Antoniet cloister ( San Miguel Street)

Another important celebration is the one in Sa Pobla, one of the oldest festivals in Europe and has been held continuously from 1365, where after the “Misa de completes” a Mass celebrated Sint Anthony´s eve , the “clamater” or crier  points the beging of Sint Anthony´s festivity,and they perform the famous “dimonis” demons  and “ Caparrots” (bigheads) and we can not forget its gastronomic specialties prepared for this special occasion, as his famous loin or eels “espinagada” (kind of pastry filled with loin or eels), the eels “greixonera” or rice “Poble” (arroz Poble).

Also takes this Sint Anthony´s festivity special relevance in Arta, the early bird “Sant Antoni”, as the celebration starts 16th january 9.00 am, with “Berenar Calobre” a delicious breakfast with hot chocolate and “ensaimada” (typical majorcan cake) and also made for this ocassion ,St Anthony Coca made with  boiled potato and “longaniza” sausage.

In Pollensa, north of the island, there is a special celebration for Sint Anthony called “ES PI DE TERNELLES” (Ternelles pine) in which the townspeople  goes to Ternelles property up on the mountains, and take down from Ternelles to Pollensa old square (plaza vieja)a huge pine tree (which should be more than 20 meters high, aprox 66 feets).

The pine trunk after removing all the branches is soaped, and the people try to climb to the top of the pine through the soaped trunk. The origins date back to the  medieval games and could be related to the famous  Neapolitan”cuccagna” and reaches the island in the 16th century, the one which could reach the pine top, got as a reward, a cock, at the time it was a great prize that provided food for several days.

Without a doubt the most massive Beneïdes (animal blessings) held in Mallorca, are the ones In Muro, but Muro beneides boom was in 1946 due to the recommendation of the agricultural unión, that encourages the farmers to carry their animals to be bless, to preserve the animals good health during the year and to increase animals fertility.

 “Misa de Completes” (Sint Anthony´s eve Mass) and glosses (kind of typical songs) are also famous in Manacor, plus St Anthony´s eve, the people in Manacor eats bread soup, butifarrones and sobrassada (majorcan typical sausages) and bacon.

And of course, Sint Anthony´s  festivity is not only celebrated in Mallorca, but also in Minorca,Sint Anthony its Minorca´s patrón and they celebrate too Minorca national day, the origin of Sint Anthony´s festivity in Minorca dates back to 1287 when Aragonian King Alfonso III  landed in Minorca ,Sint Anthony´s day, to release Minorca from Muslim domination, and this day was a huge storm in Minorca, so the King Alfonso III took refuge in the King’s Island.

In Ciudadela in Minorca is held the 3 touches procession (3 toques) and a market where  they sell dateless( datiles where the food that Sint Anthony ate in the desert) and oranges and also a piglet raffle is held.

Mallorca Private Tour Guides wants to invite all of you to enjoy the Majorcan winter and to discover one of the most popular and colorful festivals celebrated for ST ANTHONY¨S FESTIVITY  “San Antonio.”

Let us be your guide… with our licensed tour guides you´ll discover the  delicious recipies prepare don the island for St Anthony´s festivity, enjoy the “FOGUERONS” or bonfires, the “DIMONIS” demons dances, glosses and so many peculiarities that this festivity involves.

A Winter in Mallorca (title of the book written by the French writer George Sand during her stay on the island in Valldemosa 1838/1839 ) is an experience to enjoy, a time to discover another island view, wrapped into its beauty landscapes and time to enjoy excellent cuisine, its festivals, something no one should miss.

Come and join Mallorca private tour guides to discover the amazing celebrations made for Sint Anthony´s day….VIVA SAN ANTONIO  and VIVA MALLORCA

Mallorca Private Tour Guides are waiting to guide you all through our island …LET YOURSELF TO BE GUIDE BY ONE OF OUR PROFESSIONAL MALLORCA PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES

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SPANISH NATIONAL LOTTERY VISITS MALLORCA/A SPECIAL WINTER RAFFLE/LOTTERY TICKET DEDICATED TO MIRO

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SPANISH NATIONAL LOTTERY VISITS MALLORCA /  A SPECIAL WINTER RAFFLE/LOTTERY TICKET DEDICATED TO MIRO

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th January, the  national lottery visits Mallorca, Palma will  held in the special national lottery  winter raffle.

Ten series with 100000 lottery tickets each, had  been issued, and each lottery ticket is illustrated with the work of the famous painter Joan Miró, as you all know Miro is closely linked with Mallorca.

The price of each lottery ticket is 15 euros. And the amount of the prizes will be 73.5 million euros and will be with a special prize of 15 million to one ticket.

We remind you that in September last year, one of the  national lottery tickets was illustrated with the Father Junípero Serra (300 anniversary of his birth), the most international Mallorcan, the founder of California missions.

The raffel will be held at 13.00 at the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands ,and besides the  famous San Ildefonso children (calling the lottery numbers with its particular song ,will be too some children from the Balearic dance school dressed with traditional mallorcan costumes. The capacity  of the room, where the raffel will be made is 400 people.

Balearics Islands, are one of the most important tourist destinations in Europe, but in addition to this,it offers idyllic places, fabulous beaches and gorgeous weather, also has a history, traditions, crafts and culture to discover.

Mallorca Private Tour Guides encourage all of you to discover with our licensed tour guides, Miro and his majorcan connection.

A visit into Miro exhibition, Fundacion Pilar and Joan Miro is an incredible experience to understand this genius who lived amoung us and carried Mallorca always in his heart. Let us to be your Tour guide….

And why not?, discover in hands of our profesional tour guides, the origin of  Spanish national lottery, or anecdotes as when in 1886 the Christmas lottery first prize was won in Palma, being winners many members of the circulo Mallorquín, which was the social club for the majorcan bourgeoisie, the winning number was 6695 and the prize was 5 million, at those days,a fortune ,that was transported by 14 carts containing drawers full of silver coins, an even for Palma citizens, watching the carts transporting the money driving up Conquistador road in Palma.

Surely many of you never heard this anedocta, thats why, Mallorca Private tour guides wants to encourage you to take a cultural  with one of our tour guides, and discover these and many more curiosities that our island hosts.

And another important thing to remember; as we say in Spain, “The good gambler is the one who does not play: Because it’s the only way not to lose your money”.

And for the ones gambling and losing, to be comforted : “Lucky  gambler,unlucky in love.”

Let yourself to be guided  by a licensed tour guide with Mallorca  Private Tour Guides.

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NEULES A TYPICAL MAJORCAN CHRISTMAS DECORATION –A REAL ARTWORK-MAJORCAN WAFERS

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NEULES A TYPICAL MAJORCAN CHRISTMAS DECORATION –A REAL ARTWORK-MAJORCAN WAFERS

If you decide to visit Mallorca by Christmas, these days you will find  in Mallorca , many churches and nativity scenes decorated with the typical Mallorcan Neules.

Surely many times we have wondered which is the origin of this peculiar ornament associated to Mallorcan Christmas.

Anciently these Neules were edible, like a kind of wafer, and the Neules were made of flour dough, and could be smooth, very similar to those used for the communion on the churches,  or sweet  ones, adding ingredients such as cinnamon or sugar.

This decoration made with Neules, is frequent in many churches in our island,  if you visit the cathedral of Palma, these days, you will see our “Seo” decorated with amazing Neules designs.

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As a curiosity, long time ago, as we have told you, the Neules were sweet and  edible (wafers), in many of the majorcan churches ,were hung for Christmas Eve , for the midnight mass,  as we all know in Mallorca during this midnight Mass  is sung the Sibil.la, and when it was on finished, the sword was used to cut the rope in which where hanging the sweet Neules or wafers, and the people attending to midnight mass enjoyed  eating this sweet Neules (wafers), but unfortunately many times this rope was cuted before the end of the Mass, and of course it was producing  a huge chaos  so roman catholic church decided to prohibit it.

Also was usual , that when Christmas was over, the children went into the  parish churches, to get  this sweet gift, the Neules or majorcan wafers.

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So we arrive to today Neules, which are circles made of white paper, cutted creating  great  designs, which look like snowflakes or representing nativity scenes, and hanging to decorate  churches or nativity scenes, this neules can be admired nowadays throughout the island.

In the fifteenth century our Neules were used also as calendar,  is it not amazing ?

The Neules has been used to count the days until reaching Lent,  the Neules were hanging from the llantoner or  lampadario (main lamp) orn the center of the church, the largest Neules represented  weeks to reach Lent and the small ones represented the days. And they went took away  as days and weeks were spent.

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But not only in Mallorca  the Neules can be found, but also are used in Catalonia, in the south of France and even in Germany where they hang decorating Christmas trees.

Nowadays the Neules  are amazing art Works, decorating churches, cribs,  and shop´s windows ….

Mallorca Private Tour guides  want to invite everyone to visit Mallorca and discover this particular Christmas decorations,.

Discover with our  licensed tour guides this and many more of our traditions, a visit to Mallorca is something not to  be missing, We look forwards to see you soon in Mallorca. Let us  be your tour guide  and you’ll be surprised by the amount of amazing things  and traditions that Mallorca hides .

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ESTANDARTE FESTIVITY

PALMA DE MALLORCA

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Amazing parade on the 31st December in Palma de Mallorca to commemorate the conquest of Mallorca by the King of Aragon James I, popularly known by the name the flag party “estandarte”.

Join Mallorca Private Tour Guides and discover this amazing parade in Palma de Mallorca

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